Pittwater Life March 2019 Issue


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The Local Voice Since 1991

MARCH 2019








The Truth Is Out There

Along with the rest of NSW,

Pittwater heads to the polls

on Saturday, March 23.

Essentially the 2019 State

Election presents the Pittwater

electorate with two options.

The first is to deliver the

incumbent Member a new term

and a mandate to lobby the

new government (whichever

party is elected) on Pittwater’s

behalf to push on with the

infrastructure and many other

hyper-local improvements we

have seen over the past three


The second is to side with

any of the other candidates

whose platforms are very

similar – including a demand

for a plebiscite to dismantle the

Northern Beaches Council and

restore the former Pittwater

Council, restore full medical

services at Mona Vale Hospital,

improve transport and traffic

corridors, fight for a reduction

in development, and implement

low-impact planning laws.

(Indeed there appears

myriad crossover and

contradiction, given the NSW

Government’s investment in

the B-Line, on-demand Keoride

transport and current upgrade

work on Mona Vale Road.

Also Council’s ‘Towards 2040’

vision – as reported last month

– which documents a clear

pathway to uniform planning

laws that would protect the

unique nature of Pittwater’s


The task for voters is to do

some homework so you can

make an informed choice (see

our Election Special starting on

page 34).

* * *

Talk about communityminded!

If you need a space

to hold your local class, session

or workshop, Pittwater RSL is

offering its auditorium for free

to any local organisation on

Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday

from 9am to 4pm.

For more info contact


– Nigel Wall

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COVER: The 2019 NSW State Election will be held on

Saturday March 23; meet all the candidates for Pittwater

electorate and read about the issues that form the basis of

their campaigns (p34); there’s a fracture in the community

over the proposed offleash dog trial at Station Beach (p6);

we’re about to get a fleet of new garbage and recycling bins

and trucks as part of Council’s new greener and safer waste

management contract (p14); meet northern beaches car sales

legend Col Crawford (p30); and Nick Carroll delves into the

longevity of pro surfer Kelly Slater who is back competing

locally this month (p44). COVER IMAGE: Jack Fontes

also this month

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Pittwater Local News 6-29

Life Stories: Car sales magnate Col Crawford 30-32

2019 NSW State Election Special 34-39

Art Life 40-43

Surfing Life 44-45

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 46-53

Money 54-55

Law: The Banking Royal Commission 56-57

Trades & Services 58-60

Showtime; Clubs & Pubs 61-63

Food 64-66

Pittwater Puzzler Crossword 67

Gardening 68-70

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Teeth bared over dog trial


The proposal for an offleash

dog trial at Station Beach

at Palm Beach has split the

peninsula, with local community

groups at loggerheads over

the plan which would see dogs

permitted to walk unrestrained

during certain times of the day

on the section of the Pittwater

foreshore adjacent to Palm

Beach golf course.

The polarising issue has

drawn a huge response from

residents; at the time of Pittwater

Life going to press, Council

had received 3017 online

submissions, just days before

its February 28 cut-off.

The Palm Beach & Whale

Beach Association committee

has lodged a letter of support

for the trial initiative, noting:

“We have been aware – ever

since the ‘No Dogs’ signs

started appearing in 2006 –

of an imbalance in local dog

policy that has meant there is

nowhere for families with dogs

to legally enjoy access to the


“Those who wish to do so,

face a one-hour round trip to

Bayview, adding unnecessarily

to congestion on our roads.

“We consider this initiative

long overdue. The hours of

operation appear to be designed

to help manage the number of

users drawn to this area, and

we believe the trial is the best

way to test the settings. We also

note the proposed 80m buffer

from the west end of Beach

Road, and recognise this as consideration

of the residents along

the Waratah Road waterfront.

“Provided there is clear

signage, we see no reason

why the trial would involve an

increase in public use of the

public space in front of these

properties to the south of

Beach Road.”

Conversely, the Newport

Residents Association (NRA)

is vehemently opposed to the

trial. Its six-point objection included

labelling the proposed

trial location “one of the last

pristine untouched environmentally

attractive areas of

Pittwater and the Northern

Beaches and an iconic Pittwater

tourist attraction which could

not be practically shared with

the public and off-leashed dogs

at the same time”.

The NRA believes the proposed

times of operation – 4pm

to 10:30am, seven days a week

during Australian Eastern

Standard Time and 5:30pm

to 10:30am, Monday to Friday

during Australian Eastern Daylight

Time – are unsuitable.

“We believe that before

5pm AEST and after 7.30am

either AEST or AEDT it is still

not appropriate for dogs to

be running off-leashed along

Station Beach for the safety and

convenience of both the public

and the users of the adjoining

Palm Beach golf course.

It added: “Currently there is

no fence between Station Beach

and the Palm Beach golf course

and therefore the grassed area

of the golf course will become

very attractive for an offleashed

dog. Without a fence

it would be impossible to stop

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unleashed dogs running over

the course.”

Dog owners group Pittwater

Unleashed (PU) spokesman

Mitch Geddes slammed the

NRA for “sticking its nose

where it’s not wanted”.

“The NRA is up to their old

tricks… presuming to speak

for the Newport community

– yet Pittwater Unleashed has

over 800 supporters from the

2106 postcode in our database,”

he said.

“They are presuming to tell

Palm Beach locals how Palm

Beach locals should be able to

use, or not use, their local Palm

Beach open spaces.”

He said the NRA’s description

of Station Beach as a

“pristine untouched environmentally

attractive area” was at

odds with its recent history.

“We recall it was the dumping

site of considerable fill of

questionable origin to help

establish the 3rd, 4th and 5th

fairways of the golf course,” he

said (see photo left).

“We also recall that further

north along the tombolo, the

“untouched” landform was flattened

and shaped by Council’s

earthmoving equipment prior

to the planting of all manner of

introduced species which now

play host to feral rabbits, foxes

and an understory of asparagus


Meanwhile fledgling

residents group Protect Palm

Beach (PPB) has positioned

itself squarely opposite the

PB&WBA, with its volunteers

making letterbox drops to state

their case.

PPB spokesman Richard

Kovacs said allowing dogs to

roam off leash on the beach

was completely in conflict with

the family friendly nature of

the beach.

“It would increase ocean

pollution, threaten bird life

and marine life; and would

increase the risk of dog attacks

on families and visitors,” Mr

Kovacs said.

“The pollution from dog

faeces presents an issue for

the environment and human

health and there would also be

nothing to stop dogs roaming

onto the adjacent golf course,

across the road and onto the

ocean side of Palm Beach.”

– Nigel Wall


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‘Clear’ plan underway

Work has commenced on the $140 million due to the NSW Government’s strong financial

eastern section of the upgrade of Mona management.

Vale Road, between Mona Vale and Ingleside. “The former Labor government simply threw

The project includes the introduction of additional

climbing and descending lanes, wider to fund it,” he said.

this project in its too hard basket and refused

shoulders, median separation,

fauna connectivity

of this upgrade given Mona

“Safety is at the forefront

improvements and a heavy

Vale Road’s tragic crash

vehicle arrester bed.


Initial onsite activities

“I’m delighted we’re seeing

this major infrastruc-

have included vegetation

removal, installation of

ture investment in our

traffic barriers and the

community and it’s great

establishment of a site

to have machinery on the


ground and work underway,”

Rob Stokes said.

Local MP Rob Stokes

said he was proud the

He added that early

upgrade – which has been

works would also commence

for the upgrade

on the local ‘wish list’ for

decades – had finally been

of the western section of


Mona Vale Road – between

“This project has been

Ingleside and Terrey Hills.

discussed and promised

“Large volumes of rock

in the past – but now it’s actually happening,” and soil must be excavated from the eastern section

of the project, and this will later be reused

he said.

“A huge amount of planning and preliminary

work has been completed in recent along the western section.”

for the construction of necessary embankments

years and now the real construction activity Further info, including construction details


and video animation of how the upgrade will

He said delivery to the local community was look, is available at rms.nsw.gov.au/projects.

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New locals’ swimming chance


program teaching local migrants and

refugees how to swim and to be safe in

and around the water is set to expand and

organisers are seeking more people to help

fill its volunteer pool.

Northern Beaches local Tanya Carmont

has been running the not-for-profit organisation

Water Skills for Life for

almost a decade, with a charter

to prevent drowning by supporting

volunteer swim programs in

Australia and overseas.

Tanya was teaching at Warringah

Aquatic Centre when she

discovered Dee Why was home

to one of the country’s largest

Tibetan populations.

After learning most of the 600

people in the community had

emigrated to the northern beaches

without any swimming ability

and with limited understanding

about the dangers of the beach,

Tanya reached out to local Tibetan Settlement

Officer Yeshi Palmo.

“And that’s when we started the Tibetan

swim program,” she said.

The Tibetan Community Swim Program

is now in its sixth year and caters

for children from the age of three to


Tanya says the local Tibetan community

has grown to more than 1000 people and

to date more than 360 students have been

taught to swim and armed with water

safety skills to allow them to enjoy the

aquatic environment.

Water Skills for Life also produced a

booklet in 2014 with a grant from the

State Government’s Water Safety Black

Spot Funding.

“This is a great resource for the community

to understand about the dangers of the

beach… it is given out to all new arrivals to

the area.”

Tanya said Water Skills for Life currently

operated four programs supported by 20

volunteers – Collaroy Turtles Water Safety

Program, Summer Swim & Survive Camps,

The Tibetan Community Swim Program

and Assist Swim Vietnam (providing funds

and equipment for a disability swim program

in Hoi An).

“We have grown so much over the past

nine years and hope to continue the trend

to assist people in learning to

swim and be safe in and around

the water both here in Australia

and also in Vietnam,” she said.

Whilst generous community

grants from organisations such

as Dee Why RSL and NB Council

have helped the swim and water

safety programs bubble along,

Tanya has recently applied for

government funding to allow

the charity to specifically target

other culturally and linguistically

diverse communities living on

the northern beaches.

“We will also be looking for

more volunteers to join our team and if we

are successful in obtaining funding we will

also translate our water safety resource into

other languages,” Tanya said.

Water Skills for Life can provide assistance

to anyone who may be interested in

gaining the swim teaching qualification to

enable them to join the volunteer team.

– Lisa Offord

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Amon queries fines focus

Narrabeen Ward Councillor

Rory Amon is asking

Council to examine what

he considers a disproportionate


focus on revenue gained

from parking fines compared

to litter fines.

Cr Amon said figures

from the past financial year

showed that Council issued

63,417 penalty infringements

for parking-related offences

to a value of $7.904 million.

Over the same period, just

eight penalty infringements

were issued for littering offences,

to a value of $2,250.

“There is clearly an organisational

focus on parking

fines over litter fines,”

he said. “However, time and

again, our community tell

us they care deeply about

our local environment.

“The balance is wrong

when you’re 8,000 times

more likely to receive a

parking fine instead of a litter

fine, which is a deliberate

lazy offence.”

He conceded that litter offences

were harder to police

and enforce, due to a need to

evidence and obtain personal

details of the litter bug.

“But it can be done – City

of Sydney rangers frequently

patrol smokers’ hot spots

with a camera and fine litterers,”

he said.

“I am not suggesting

diverting resources from

rangers who monitor parking

restrictions, but having

a more balanced focus on

enforcing litter laws.”

At Council’s February

meeting Cr Amon asked

that staff prepare a Litter

Reduction Strategy to be

reported to the April or May

Council meeting, setting

out the steps council could

take to reduce littering

(including illegal dumping)

through various strategies,

but especially through

increased enforcement.

“Litter becomes a massive

issue over summer when

the Northern Beaches is

transformed to a tourism

destination.” – NW


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‘Masters’ of their destiny

Lisa Critoph was swimming

with a group of girls at

Mona Vale Basin a few years

ago when she decided she

wanted to do her Bronze


Lisa has always been a

swimmer and represented

Australia in the first ever synchronised

swimming event

at the 1984 Olympics in Los


After living in Orange for 13

years, she moved to the northern

beaches and decided to

join Mona Vale SLSC. There she

met Kris Monnock and realised

she had taught the younger

club member at high school at

Pymble Ladies College.

“I was a PE teacher there,”

Lisa said.

It wasn’t long before Kris

roped Lisa into competing in

masters events.

Kris, along with Paula Tocquer

and Sophie Stokes, were

the three original female Masters

competitors at the club.

Along came Lise Layard, Jan

Poudfoot and Chris Hopton.

Only last year, a second

former Olympian Yanda

Morison (Nossiter) joined

the Masters group. Apart

from competing in canoe

sprinting at two Olympics

in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000

(Sydney), Yanda also won an

Aussie surfboat title with

South Curl Curl in 2012.

“My husband (Jim) is a longtime

member of Mona Vale

and it was time to join him at

the club,” Yanda said. “I paddle

the skis and help coach

the kids on the skis,” she said.

Yanda went mighty close

to taking out the female

single ski at the Branch Open

Championships at Palm Beach

on February 9. She led all the

way and was pipped at the

death. But she did take gold in

the double ski with her young

partner Jordon Hunt.

The female Masters group

at Mona Vale have reached

double figures with the additions

of Beata Bray and latest

recruit Andrea Smith.

Andrea is a music teacher

and sings at gigs (you can

find her on MiffiMusic).

She’s from Hobart and

was a member of the Clifton

Beach SLSC. “It is so good to

be able to compete in teams

events. We just didn’t have

enough members to do that at

Clifton Beach,” she said.

So, starting out with three,

Mona Vale now boast 10

females doing Masters competition.

Paul Tocquer, who is also

the Mona Vale SLSC secretary,

said when she, Kris and

Sophie started off it was more

about having fun. “Everyone

is a lot more competitive

now,” Paula said.

“Kris and Sophie have

always been runners and very

good board paddlers and neither

used to paddle a ski.

“I was the only ski paddler.

Both have learnt quickly and

Kris has really improved and

is certainly a lot faster now.”

Club President Bryce Munro

runs their ski program.

“It is so good that we can

field teams in three different

age groups.”

All but Yanda will be at the

NSW Championships at Blacksmiths

Beach in Newcastle

earlier this month and at Aussies

on the Gold Coast.

“Yanda has two young boys

and it is difficult for her to

get away,” Paula said.

Sophie (sprint) will be defending

her Aussie title.

Apart from the competition

aspect, Paula said there was a

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CLOSE GROUP: (Top L-R) Kris Monnock,

Beata Bray, Christine Hopton,

Paula Tocquer, Andrea Smith, Yanda

Morison; (bottom) Lise Layard,

Lisa Critoph, Sophie Stokes.

real buzz at Mona Vale SLSC.

“It’s exciting times, especially

with a new clubhouse

coming, we had 80 nippers

go to the State titles and I

think we now have the fourth

largest membership in the

Branch,” Paula said.

“The club is definitely

growing.” – John Taylor


Rubber stamp

The DA for the upgrade to

Mona Vale’s Surf Lifesaving

Club has been rubberstamped

by the Sydney

North Planning Panel with

NB Council now considering

the construction stage.

Mayor Michael Regan

said 94 per cent of the

community supported the

draft concept design.

“Thanks to Mona Vale

SLSC who have worked

closely with Council and

the appointed working

group to ensure this wellused

asset will be available

to its members and the

wider community.

“And a special thanks

to Pittwater MP Rob Stokes

for securing $2.5 million

from the Stronger Communities

Fund which allows

key projects to progress in

partnership with Council.”

This was in addition to

the $1.4 million already

allocated by the State Government.


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War on waste gets smarter


Greener, cleaner, smarter

and safer garbage trucks

– that’s the promise from

Northern Beaches Council as it

gets set to recalibrate the peninsula’s

multi-million dollar

per annum waste service with

a new contract and roll-out of

benefits and savings.

It all kicks off this month,

with more than 330,000 bins

across 100,000 households

to be ‘traded in’ for new bins

that will establish uniformity

across the local government


Pittwater households will be

among the first to receive the

new bins.

Mayor Michael Regan said

over the next four months,

Council would replace and

recycle all household waste

bins in preparation for its new

high-tech household waste

collection service from July 1,

delivering improved service,

better value for money and

greater environmental outcomes.

“Our new service will see

a reduction in waste going

to landfill, the processing of

garbage for increased resource

recovery and avoiding over

43,200 tonnes of CO2 annually

– that’s an overall environmental

benefit equivalent to taking

8,400 cars off the road each

year,” he said.

The bin delivery and replacement

service is the largest ever

undertaken in Australia; the

new bins use the latest technology

which, once operational,

will enable residents to use an

app to track their service and

report any issues in real time.

Mayor Regan added that 100

per cent of all collected bins

would be recycled into new

bins, with the replacement program

saving ratepayers around

$1.2 million.

“Waste collection is one the

most important jobs we do…

we are not just improving the

service but also delivering savings

which will be passed on to

our ratepayers,” Mayor Regan


“The new household waste

bins are a key ingredient in


* Residents will receive a

brochure introducing the

new service.

* Residents will receive

a letter a few weeks before

their bin arrives, advising

how many bins are being

delivered and how to apply

for extra bins.

* Bins will be dropped

off in two deliveries over

two weeks.

* Old bins should be left

out on the next collection

day and then stay on the


* Within a few days the

bins are taken away – 100%

for recycling.

making this service efficient

and effective for every resident.

“The new bins, coupled with

the advanced vehicle technology

and on-board systems mean

that requests are managed in

real time and deliver a greatly

improved and safer service.”

All residents will receive

equal and consistent services,

including the same number

of collections and the same

bin size, design and quality –

although residents in multiunit

dwellings would receive

the same size and number of

garbage, container and recycling

bins they currently use,

and vegetation bins on request.

(This is so they continue to fit

purpose-built bin bays.)

Other households will

receive a standard set of bins


1 x 80L red garbage bin

(apart from residents who pay

for additional services now

who will receive the same additional


1 x 140L yellow container

recycling bin

1 x 140L blue paper recycling


Up to 2 x 240L vegetation

bins (one will be delivered

but an additional bin can be

ordered at no additional cost)

Mayor Regan said that additional

bins to the standard

service would continue to be

available on a user-pays basis

however the priority was to

improve environmental outcomes

so encouraged residents

to take on the waste reduction


“Across Australia, councils

and residents are recognising

the terrible environmental

impact our waste is having and

joining the so-called ‘war on

waste,” Mayor Regan said.

“I had lots of people contacting

me after the ABC’s ‘War on

Waste’ aired and it’s great to be

able to tell them that we have

adopted a superior service,

that maximises recovery of all

usable materials and makes it

really easy for out residents to

do their bit.

“Composting, worm farms,

beeswax wraps, reusable coffee

cups and shopping bags

all make a huge difference to

keeping our waste down.”

For those who want to

learn more, over the next few

months Council will be running

a series of workshops

which residents can join to

learn more about how to reduce

their waste.

The significant bin replacement

program will take around

four months to complete.

Residents will receive a letter

informing them when to expect

their delivery.

New bins will be dropped at

the front of properties. Residents

with new bins are asked

to put out their old bins as

normal on collection day and

then leave them out until they

are collected.

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Council’s Executive Manager,

Waste Management & Cleansing,

Natasha Schultz, explained

the new ongoing clean, green

vegetation bin service would

successfully produce high

volumes of commercial grade

compost, while perhaps the

most crucial benefit of the new

service would be improved

waste processing and reduction

of waste going to landfill.

She said replacing the bins

across the Council boundaries

was the prudent choice, rather

than attempt to repurpose

existing bins.

“The bins are getting old –

more than two thirds of bins

are over 10 years old and many

more than 20 years old,” Ms

Schultz said.

“Continuing to repair and

replace bins is more expensive

over the term of the contract

than providing new bins now.

“But we are recovering old

bins responsibly – all of them


Kalum Engel (2) and

mum Jeanine road

test the new bins.

will be recycled into new bins.”

She added that in an Australia

first, our Council region

would roll-out fully-enclosed

garbage trucks, which would

see an end to potential overflow

or escape of rubbish as

the truck completed its round.

“This new, elevated service

will touch everyone who lives

here,” Ms Schultz said. “With

the current contract set to expire

on June 30 it has given us

the opportunity to recalibrate

and work towards achieving

better environmental outcomes

and also savings through

economies of scale.”

She said improved safety

was a key feature of the new

trucks that will hit the streets

from July 1.

“They have all-glass cabins,

with no blind spots and six

cameras,” she said. “Any movement

detected at the rear of the

vehicle and it will automatically

disengage.” – Nigel Wall

New leadership team appointed

Northern Beaches Council has announced the new leadership

team that CEO Ray Brownlee says reflects the organisation’s

strategic focus on delivering the highest quality service

to the community.

Mr Brownlee said more than 241 applications were received

for six leadership positions.

“The calibre of professionals who want to work with us has

been outstanding,” Mr Brownlee said. “The new structure,

leadership team and our committed workforce will drive us

forward to deliver our Community Strategic Plan and achieve

real benefits for our residents.”

The new team of Directors are:

David Kerr – Director Community and Belonging: David brings

more than 15 years’ experience in senior management within

local government to the role. He has worked across a broad

range of portfolios and currently leads the Northern Beaches

team responsible for community, planning and children’s


Todd Dickinson – Director Environment and Sustainability:

Todd has over 20 years’ experience in the environment field,

with a background in both technical and leadership roles and a

strong track record in the delivery of works, services, strategic

planning and implementing change.

Jeff Smith – Director Corporate and Legal: Jeff is a strategic

leader in local government with experience across a broad

diversity of portfolios including corporate and financial planning,

financial operations, human resources, administration

services, business systems, technology systems and spatial

systems departments.

Louise Kerr – Director Planning and Place: Louise is a highly

experienced local government planner with extensive leadership

experience that spans over 25 years. She has worked in

planning and management positions at a number of large metropolitan

councils and currently leads 220 staff in the largest

planning assessment and regulatory division in NSW at the City

of Sydney.

Jorde Frangoples – Director Transport and Assets: Jorde brings

more than 25 years’ experience in local government and has an

excellent understanding of the issues relating to service delivery,

people management both internally and externally, as well

as the provision of infrastructure.

Recruitment for the Director Workforce and Technology is


The announcement comes following the departure of General

Manager – Infrastructure Ben Taylor and General Manager –

Customer & Corporate Helen Lever.


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MARCH 2019 15


Bulldogs back for ‘three-peat’

Having won



before taking a


break in 2018, the

Avalon Bulldogs

A Grade rugby

league squad are

back brimming

with enthusiasm

about extending

their unbeaten

run into a ‘three-peat’ in Season 2019.

Comprising mainly Avalon local juniors, the

A Grade Bulldogs carried off the titles in 2016

and 2017. Club secretary Sam Baum said that

after having last off to recharge their batteries,

the boys had commenced training – “with

the best numbers we have ever had in the


“Many of the boys who played in our previous

two Grand Final wins are back, with the

numbers being bolstered from some of our

junior boys who have transitioned through to

A Grade,” she said.

“Avalon A Grade is essentially a group of all

local boys... as a Club we don’t rely on importing

players from elsewhere.”

The coaching staff is headed by local junior

and past A Grade player Matt Eding, who is

supported by

former Manly

Sea Eagles prop

Mark Bryant.

This season

Avalon will

field 10 teams

from under-6s

through to A


“We believe

rugby league is

going through

a growth period again after a few years of

decline,” said Sam.

“Over the past couple of seasons we have

seen many changes implemented by the NRL

to benefit the sport overall.

“Like all contact sports there is always a risk

of injury and this is a key area that the NRL

has been addressing to minimise potential


“The introduction of weight restrictions,

no tackling until under-8s, no competition

ladders for juniors until under-13s are some

of the changes that have been made,” she


“Our A Grade Sunday home games at Hitchcock

Park are a fantastic afternoon, with a

huge number of our community and supporters


– NW

DASH OF CLASS: The Avalon Bulldogs A Graders are back in training.



Autumn Festival. Bungan

Street will come alive with

awesome bands, fantastic food

and fabulous market stalls on

Sat 2 celebrating the Mona

Vale Autumn Festival from

10am-4pm. More info: info@

monavalechamber.org or 919


Pittwater Artists Trail. See

where our talented artists create

their pieces and perhaps you’ll

even pick up an original work for

your home or loved one during

the Pittwater Artists Trail Open

Weekend on Sat 9 and Sun 10.

Studios open from 10am-5pm.

See our arts pages for details.

Ronn Moss at DYRSL. He

played Ridge Forrester in ‘The

Bold and The Beautiful’ for 25

years, had worldwide hits with

the group Player including ‘Baby

Come Back’ and has more than

a few stories to tell. See the man

himself on Wed 13 from 8pm.

Reserved seating $50 and if

you want to get up close, add a

hundred dollars for a VIP meetand-greet.

More info deewhyrsl.

com.au or 9454 4000.

Apartment living. Want to cut

down on apartment energy bills

without sacrificing on comfort?

Learn about the changes you

can make today and what

changes need strata approval

at this free info session on Tues

19 from 6.30-8pm at Nelson

Heather Centre Warriewood.

Contact NB Council Greener

Communities 9942 2994 for

more info.

Hospital fundraiser. The

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary has

a lovely assortment of knitting,

sewing, craft and jams for sale

to raise funds to help refurbish

and renovate the hospitals

Rehabilitation & Hydrotherapy

facilities. Visit the stall outside

the Mona Vale Library on Sat 23

from 9am-4pm.

Free worm workshop.

Book a spot at this popular

workshop held at the Coastal

Environment Centre in

Narrabeen on Sat 30 from

10am-12pm and you’ll receive a

voucher to get your worm farm

started. Info wasteeducation@


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Archie floats great clean-up idea

Meet local eco warrior

Archie Mandin, a 13-yearold

with the lofty ambition of

cleaning up Pittwater – and

keeping it clean – via innovative

‘Seabin’ technology that

skims plastic and rubbish from

waterways, much like a swimming

pool filter.

Bilgola resident Archie hopes

to raise $110,000 online via

GoFundMe donations, which

he says will be enough to purchase

20 Seabins that will be

strategically floated offshore.

Archie explained he came to

the attention of Seabin project

management in 2017, after

someone from Sea Shepherd

spotted him setting up a net in

the creek next to his home to

collect rubbish that was headed

downstream to Bilgola Beach.

“And Seabin project cofounder

Pete Celinski was setting

up a demo Seabin near my

dad’s boat in the city, he had

noticed my net on my instagram

account, then one month

later I was made a Seabin ambassador,”

Archie explained.

He said he started his

campaign because he wanted

to take a stand against ocean


“I want to give the Northern

Beaches the opportunity to

reduce its plastic pollution impact

on the ocean,” he said. “It’s

amazing how much accidental

rubbish comes down our

creeks and into our waterways.

“More than eight million

tons of plastic is dumped into

our oceans every year – we

need to do something about it!”

He explained Seabins were a

revolutionary ocean cleaning

technology, essentially a floating

rubbish bin that operated

24/7, catching all floating

debris in the water.

“The Seabin is located in the

water at marinas, docks, yacht

clubs and commercial ports,”

he said. “They are designed for

floating docks and pontoons

and move up and down with

the tide. They can catch an

average of 3.9kg of floating

debris per day – catching large

plastic bags, bottles, plastic

straws, coffee cups, food wrappers,

surface oils and micro

plastics down to 2mm in size.”

COAST IS CLEARER: Archie and the

Seabins he is campaigning for.

Archie explained water is

sucked in from the surface

and passes through a catch

bag inside the Seabin, with a

submersible water pump. The

water is then pumped back into

the marina, leaving litter and

debris trapped in the catch bag

to be disposed of properly.

“And there’s minimal threat

to marine life,” said Archie.

According to the Seabin team,

fish stay away from the surface

of the water where the Seabin

sucks in the water, deterred by

the force of the water current.

He added though if there

were swarms of jellyfish or

bait fish, it was recommended

that the Seabins were turned

off until the swarms passed.

“And if a fish was to accidentally

go into the Seabin, it

would stay submerged in water

until the marina staff retrieved

the filter and threw the fish

still alive back into the water.”

Host marinas would be responsible

for their upkeep, paying

approximately $2-3 per day

for its energy consumption.

Archie said the team at

Seabins were also interested

in recruiting ‘citizen scientists’

through their interactive

programs designed for schools,

community and youth.

“If you participate, you

would be joining an international

community contributing

data and feedback on ocean

plastics to the Seabin central

data base.

“The lessons range from

identifying ocean plastics to

data collection of what the

Seabins are catching weekly.

The data collection is an easy

activity and where we can all

see the measurable impact of

debris the Seabins are taking

out of the water.

“It’s as simple as counting

how many plastic bags, plastic

particles, food wrappers and

then noting it down on a

spreadsheet or app.

“The Seabins cost around

$6000 each and my plan is to

put 20 Seabins on Pittwater. I

already have six marinas that

have said yes to hosting a bin

and I plan to attach a local

school to each marina – four

have already said yes.

“But I need to raise $110,000

and I will need all the help

I can get! Donations after a

month total almost $6000

which is great – but there’s a

long way to go.”

* Want to assist Archie’s

Pittwater Clean-up? Go to gofundme.com/pc2gy

– NW


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Hugging the Plastic


Newport residents David and Deborah

Hodge love swimming and boating

around Pittwater and the beaches

– but like many of us, they are troubled

by the damaging impact of plastic on our

waterways and bushland.

“I’m always collecting any plastic

floating in the water and putting it in my

boardies!” says David.

This concern was pivotal in the formation

of their innovative, family-owned

plastic film recycler Plastic Forests in 2011.

“After years of research, our company

has developed a unique, world-leading

process that cleans and recycles soft

plastics, like plastic bags, destined

for landfill – even those contaminated

with food, hay or ink residues,”

David explains.

“But what’s more significant is

that there’s no water involved in the

process – the company can clean

contaminated plastic film without

water and recycle that plastic back

into resin or their range of sustainable

products like garden edging,

root guard and underground cable

cover. And that’s important in a dry

country like Australia.”

The contaminated plastic film

comes from many sources, including

food manufacturers who use plastic

film in their production process, and

post-industrial film from commercial

operations – much of which

has now been banned from being

exported to China under its ‘China

Sword’ policy.

The company also enables

farmers, local councils and the

agricultural industry to keep plastic

GREEN DAYS: Newport eco warrior David Hodge.

out of landfill by recycling their agricultural

plastic (such as grain bags, tarps or

silage film) and even woven polypropylene

bulka bags.

“When Plastic Forests started in 2011, we

were a bit of a secret project researching

and trialling how to clean contaminated

plastic film without water,” said David. “It

is a complex process, fraught with issues.

“The plastic has been in contact with

many different contaminants and there are

many different types of plastic films, so we

ran into a lot of processing problems.

“But by 2014 we had overcome all those

issues and started recycling contaminated

plastic film for Unilever and Tip Top

(George Weston Foods) –companies with a

global corporate direction of ‘zero waste to


“2015-16 was about consolidating the cleaning

process, expanding our client base

to companies including Hazeldenes, Nestle

and SPC and manufacturing our own range

of ‘GreenMongrel’ recycled plastic sheet

products, like garden edging, root guard

and underground cable cover.”

He said in 2017 the business moved into

a new super-site in Albury in southern

NSW, to expand its recycling capacity and

set the business up for the future.

This expansion was supported by

the Environmental Trust as part of

the NSW EPA’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle

More’ initiative, funded from the

waste levy.

The new facility improved accessibility

to customers along the east

coast and provided an opportunity

to fine tune the technology for an

even better, cleaner product.

“But it’s a pretty long commute

from Newport!” quips David.

Plastic Forests benefits the environment

by rescuing thousands of

tonnes of plastic film from landfill

and enabling this valuable resource

to be dry-cleaned and recycled into

useful, high value products.

“Just 5% of plastics are recycled

effectively, with 40% ending up

in landfill and a third in fragile

ecosystems like the world’s oceans,”

said David. “Some research suggests

there will be more waste plastic in

the sea than fish by 2050, unless the

industry cleans up its act.

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VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION: Plastic Forests recently won the prestigious NSW EPA Green

Globe Innovation Award for its dry-cleaning and recycling of contaminated plastic film.

“Plastic is an amazing material – it

is cheap, lightweight and lasts a long

time. But because of this, the amount of

plastic produced globally has flourished,

causing huge problems in the environment


“Our aim is to keep ‘plastic as plastic’

at its highest level, for as long as possible.

This has major environmental benefits as

it reduces the need for virgin materials,

keeps plastic film out of landfill and

enables value to be created from a

problematic ‘waste’ material.”

Plastic Forests recently won the

prestigious NSW EPA Green Globe

Innovation Award in recognition of its

unique ability to dry-clean and recycle

contaminated plastic film. In 2017 it was

selected as a Westpac Top 20 high potential

Business of Tomorrow, from almost 2000

entrants nationally for addressing this

global sustainability issue. Plastic Forests

also received the national ‘Endeavour

Award – Most Innovative Company’ in

2015 for its ground-breaking recycling


“These awards are highly significant as

they provide credibility and reassurance

to prospective customers,” said David. “It

is also wonderful to be recognised for the

thousands of hours of dedication and hard

work that go into becoming ‘an overnight


The couple are excited about the future

for Plastic Forests.

“There is an abundance of plastic film

waste desperately needing a solution in

Australia, a ground swell of awareness

about the problem and so many

opportunities to make a sustainable

difference,” David said.

“China’s ‘National Sword’ policy came

into effect early last year, banning the

importation into China of a wide range of

plastics from Australia and around the

world, and dictating strict contamination

levels that are very difficult to meet.

Now everyone is trying to push their

plastic waste onto Vietnam, Malaysia, and

Thailand, but these countries only have a

certain amount of capacity and are now

resisting being the dumping ground for

the world’s waste. The plastic market has

changed forever – plastics are distressed

with nowhere to go.

“We are also looking to achieve more

circular economies in the future by

partnering with our multinational clients

who are committed to purchasing recycled

products made from their own plastic film


He added people on the northern

beaches were generally very aware of the

environment and were willing to make

sustainable choices such as reducing waste,

recycling and avoiding products with

excess packaging or single-use plastics.

“However, it’s important to realise that

demand for recycled content products is

essential for a viable recycling industry,” he

said. “Recyclers like us need support from

governments, businesses and consumers

to not only recycle, but also to purchase

products made from this recycled plastic.

“Without markets for recycled products,

the recycling industry cannot survive – to

the detriment of the planet.”

* Plastic Forests are offering readers

a 15% discount with coupon code PL15

for all their current products (until June).

Also they have a new eco-product release

coming up – visit plasticforests.com.au

to register your interest and receive a

discount on release. – Nigel Wall


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Luckily the only damage this massive tree caused when

it came crashing down on cars at Clareville Shops last

month was to property. As Tessa Mullen’s photo shows,

it could have been a whole lot worse. Pittwater Life hears

previous murmurs of concern by residents about the

state of health of some of the towering gumtrees in the

area prompted Council to investigate. Council tells us it

carried out maintenance on this specific tree prior to its

falling; dead branches were removed and native bees in a

hollow monitored. However, there was no indication the

tree had the potential to come down. Subsequent investigations

by Council staff uncovered that internal rot at

the base of the tree, which was not externally visible, had

caused the incident. Council CEO Ray Brownlee tells us:

“Council has undertaken maintenance on a number of trees in

this area previously. Council has now engaged an independent

arborist to assess the trees in the vicinity of the Clareville Shops

and further testing of the trees will be carried out to determine

the structural integrity of each tree. Council will implement the

recommendations prescribed by the independent arborist.”


Council’s decision to abandon its recommendation that either the

Avalon Annex or the Avalon Golf Clubhouse become the site for

the new Creative Space North, and instead pluck the Mona Vale

Civic Centre seemingly out of thin air as the host location has

not gone down well with creatives north of the bends. They feel

betrayed, having committed so much time and effort into the

consultation period over the past 18 months. We hear Council’s

change of direction came about following the decision to relocate

office staff from Mona Vale to Warriewood, leaving an asset rich

in potential. The new plan would see Mona Vale built out to the

tune of $4m, with the lower floor of the Avalon Golf Clubhouse

fitted out with two artist’s studios plus teaching space for up to

$300,000. Submissions of concern by users of the annex saw it

kyboshed, while the Clubhouse’s isolated location on the periphery

of the village did not meet Council’s user requirement that

the proposed new exhibition space be accessible to passers-by.

Expect more about this in coming months…


Can you believe there’s a company brazenly advertising its telegraph

pole posters service across the Northern Beaches Council

area? And Council aren’t doing a thing about it? Narrabeen

Ward Councillor Rory Amon looks to be on the money when he

says there’s a disproportionate organisational focus on parking

fines over litter fines (see page 11). Is there anything uglier than

umpteen-times-over posters plastered on poles?

PHOTOS: Tessa Mullen

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Pittwater News

Explore Hidden


Fantasea Cruises have come

up with a great local educational

and cultural outing

this month – experiencing

the ‘Hidden Hawkesbury’. It

promises to be a fascinating

three-hour adventure cruise,

delving deep into our rich

past in this pristine waterway.

A knowledgeable host

will provide passengers with

a detailed rundown of the

the history of the waterway,

leaving them feeling enriched

and departing with fond

memories of connecting to

their environment – all up

close and in many places only

accessible by boat. The Cruise

departs Palm Beach (10am)

and Patonga (10.20am) on

Tuesday March 26. More info

call 9974 7413.

Volunteers wanted

Mona Vale Hospital Kiosk is

looking for volunteers. Volunteers

are required to work

three-hour shifts, weekly,

fortnightly or monthly in

preparation for the kiosk’s

move to new premises next

to the Acute Care Centre

in the next few months. No

previous experience is necessary

so come and meet new

people and provide the staff

and public with coffees, teas

and prepared food. Either

drop in to the kiosk or phone

9998 0272, Monday to Friday,

9am to 3pm and leave your

details. (Also, their sausage

sizzle volunteers need cooks

urgently, just one Saturday a

month for two hours at Bunnings,

Narrabeen. Please also

leave details at the kiosk.)

Extra funds floated

for Marine Rescue

Safety on our waterways has

been significantly boosted,

with the NSW Government

doubling the Marine Rescue

budget for the next four years.

An additional $37.6 million

has been allocated to deliver

new rescue vessels, upgrade

facilities and enhance the

marine radio network. Marine

Rescue Broken Bay, based at

Bayview, is among the Marine

Rescue units across NSW

that will receive one of 38

new rescue vessels. Marine

Rescue Cottage Point has also

received funding under the

NSW Government’s Club-

Grants Program for an engine

upgrade on its large, offshore

rescue vessel. Marine Rescue

NSW operates a network of 44

rescue units along the NSW

coastline, and at two priority

inland waterways on the Alpine

Lakes and Murray River.

In 2017/18 Marine Rescue

crews performed 2,802 rescue

missions, including 840

missions in response to lifethreatening


Smart Tech project

to reduce drownings

A new world-first beach

safety initiative will use

cutting-edge technology in

a bid to curb the growing

number of drownings along

the NSW coast. The Smart

Beaches Project will see new

technology installed along

the shores of trial beaches in

Sydney, providing immediate

condition reports to lifeguards

and surf lifesavers.

Sensors will be combined

with a mix of other smart infrastructure

to monitor wave

and swell movements and

provide earlier detection of

dangerous conditions. Northern

Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan said the collection and

recording of beach usage

information was a time-consuming

and imprecise task

for professional lifeguards

but Smart Beaches would

provide accurate information

to help them focus on

protecting public safety.



for rock fishermen

NB Council can now enforce

the wearing of life jackets by

rock fishermen along declared

high-risk areas of the coastline.

The move comes following

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Aboriginal rock art in Probus focus

‘Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley’ is the topic

to be showcased at the next Pittwater Probus

Club meeting at Mona Vale Golf Club on

Tuesday March 12. Club

Member Ken Plumb who

spent many years working

in the region and has a

strong attachment to this

unique part of Australia

will deliver his observations.

Ken says the region

is home to various Aboriginal

language groups

to which the rock art is

referred to and known by

many different Aboriginal

names, the most common of which are Gwion

Gwion or Giro Giro. “Aboriginal paintings in

the Kimberley Plateau are unlike any other in

Australia,” he says. “The oldest, the Bradshaws

or Gwion Gwion, display a unique elegance and

sophistication. Present-day aboriginals have no

spiritual connection with them or knowledge

of their meaning. The younger Windjana, are

equally distinctive – they date back several

thousands of years. But

present aboriginals are

still painting in the same

style and the art is part

of their “stories” or history.”

Ken will illustrate

examples of the different

styles and the spectacular

landscape in which they

occur. Meeting commences

10am; more info

Geoff Sheppard 0437 274

074. (* Also, the Aboriginal

Support Group –Manly Warringah Pittwater, is

hosting a Bush Tucker Night at Mona Vale Memorial

Hall on Monday March 11 from 7.30pm.

Sample bush foods, listen to Aboriginal Girls

singing in language and see Aboriginal artefacts

on display. Free; more info on facebook.)

Council adopting the legislation

at its June 2018 Council meeting.

Mayor Michael Regan said

the focus would be on educating

anglers on the new laws

over the coming months and

providing advice on safe rock

fishing. “As well as wearing a

lifejacket at all times, also wear

appropriate footwear, check the

weather conditions including

the swell and tide and never

fish alone.” Mayor Regan said.

There are numerous locations

from Palm Beach to Manly

which are known hot spots for

rock fishing incidents which

this legislation will apply to.

NSW Police with support from

Council Rangers, DPI Fisheries

Officers and National Parks and

Wildlife Service Rangers are

authorised to enforce the Act.

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Continued from page 25

Spicer guest for Women’s Day

Journalist Tracey Spicer will be guest

speaker at Northern Beaches Council’s

2019 International Women’s Day Breakfast

from 7am-9am at Manly Golf Club

on on Friday March 8. International

Women’s Day is a global day celebrating

the social, economic, cultural and

political achievements of women –

while also encouraging the acceleration

of gender parity. This year’s theme

for International Women’s Day 2019

is #BalanceforBetter. Mayor Michael

Regan said: “The unfortunate fact is

that women are still not paid equally

to that of their male counterparts,

women still are not present in equal numbers in business or

politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence

against them is worse than that of men; however, great

improvements have been made. At Council we have six female

Councillors who are well respected and do a fantastic job.”

Tickets $5; bookings 9976 1624.

Hugh Mackay

launches new

community forum

‘Big Ideas’ is a new quarterly

forum engaging the

local community in the

robust exchange of ideas.

The first forum will be held

on Wednesday March 6 at

Glen Street Theatre by acclaimed

social researcher

and bestselling author Hugh

Mackay AO. The forum will

engage the local community

to discuss global topics at a

community level. Hugh Mackay

has over six decades of

experience in social research

and will be discussing Why

Neighbourhoods Matter.

“Social fragmentation is the

greatest challenge we now

face because fragmentation

leads to isolation and, since

we are essentially social

beings, isolation leads to a

heightened risk of anxiety

and depression,” Mr Mackay

said. He argues that we need

to become “ambassadors for

compassion”, rebuilding trust

in our local neighbourhoods

and communities through

a disciplined commitment

to exercising kindness and

respect – especially towards

those with whom we disagree.

At future forums the

community will hear from

passionate thought leaders

on a variety of topics including

mental health, environmental

sustainability and the

challenges of ageing. “Unlike

online forums, ‘fake news’

and comments sections overrun

with polarising opinions,

there aren’t too many places

left for the local community

to come together and discuss

these important issues in

person,” said Mayor Michael

Regan. To book your spot or

for more information, visit

NB Council website.

Avalon Library talk

Hear Sue Liu talk about her

book ‘Accidental Aid Worker’

at the Avalon Community

Library on Thursday March

28 from 6pm. Sue will discuss

her adventures that featured

in her memoir and talk about

the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami

and its effects on communities

in war-torn Sri Lanka

and how she continued as a

volunteer, helping people in

need. To book a place call the

library on 9918 3013.

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Book Review

Love Lie


Catherine Greer

Penguin Teen $19.99

The Sirens, beautiful,

talented, and best

friends for life. Raised

to perfection by their

mothers, their cushy North

Shore private school lives

are about to be rocked

by the arrival of Trip, the

handsome Canadian halfbrother

of one of the trio.

Narrator, 16-year-old

Annie, forms an instant

and intense connection to

Trip, upsetting the girl power dynamic and putting in motion a

series of events that unveil a darker side to their lives.

Greer, a debut young adult author from Sydney, has cleverly

articulated a pattern of behaviour that is often prevalent in

highly competitive friendship cliques. She has also delivered a

thrilling (and chilling) mystery that is compulsively readable,

and for Sydney-siders plenty of settings that are easy to place.

This book was a solid five stars for me when I read the

advance copy last year, it’s just the sort of book I would

have loved as a 13+, but have enjoyed every bit as much now.

Definitely one to consider for your book club.

– Libby Armstrong


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Continued from page 26

Mystery book launch

There was a carnival atmosphere

at the Avalon Recreation

Centre late last month

when local Dianah Chorlton

launched her novel ‘The

Vanishing of Venice’. Determined

not to have a “speechoriented

gathering” Dianah

(pictured right in white) said

her 50 or so guests were

members of the community

who knew how to love,

laugh and enjoy themselves.

“Participants were dressed to

match the Venice theme and

community singing co-ordinator

Sam Shaw performed

two opera songs followed by

members of THE BING SING

belting out popular Italian

songs,” Dianah said. Guests

also enjoyed wine and beer

and platters of delicious

Italian foods. ‘The Vanishing

of Venice’ is available from

Austin Macauley Publishers,

Amazon, Fishpond, Booktopia

and Book Depository.

Commercial fishing

changes in Pittwater

Commercial fishing changes

are being introduced in the

Pittwater estuary. Through

the cooperation of the small

number of commercial fishing

operators who work in the

estuary, changes have been

voluntarily agreed to amend

the areas and methods permitted

to be used for commercial

fishing activity in the Pittwater.

Key changes include: Prohibiting

commercial hauling

south of a line between Sand

Point at Palm Beach and The

Basin; no mesh netting during

daylight hours; no mesh

nets to be set and left unattended;

modifying traps and

nets to reduce by-catch; and

better identification of floats

to reduce navigational risks.

Local MP Rob Stokes said the

changes reflected a positive

plan to ensure the ongoing

health and functionality of

the Pittwater. “There has been

long-standing concern about

conflict between the different

users of the waterway and the

need to strike a better balance

into the future,” he said. “This

is an encouraging example of

government, industry and the

community working together

to deliver an outcome that will

have wide-reaching benefits.”

LED street lights are

ready to be installed

More than 9300 streetlights

from Palm Beach to Manly

will be switched to the

energy-efficient lights over

the next two years. The new

LED street lighting will have

significant benefits, by providing

more effective highquality

light (that can last up

to 20 years) while delivering

an 80.5% reduction in greenhouse

gas emissions.

New Marine Park

Grants are open

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski

has announced further

strengthening and environmental

protection of Australia’s

marine parks with a

$5 million fund to improve

conservation and encourage

sustainable fishing practices.

“Our Marine Park Grants

build on the Coalition’s

world-leading management

plans implemented last year,

which delivered new levels

of protection for 3.2 million

square kilometres of

pristine marine areas,” Mr

Falinski said, urging eligible

groups and individuals on the

Northern Beaches to apply for

assistance. The program, part

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Inflate your boat For cancer

It’s time to get your ‘vessel’

ready for the Manly

Inflatable Boat Race, which

is back for its 15th year on

Sunday March 17 to raise

funds for Tour de Cure to

help find a cure for cancer.

The fun paddling event,

with prizes to be won, takes

place over a 1km course setting

off from Shelly Beach at Manly. Participants come in fancy

dress (the crazier the better), armed with a colourful inflatable

– anything from pool ponies to pink flamingos. Registration

and vessel pumping will be at the South end of Manly Beach,

just north of Manly Surf Club. Race starts at Shelly Beach, a

short walk along the foreshore walking path. Plus, there’ll

be a delicious sausage sizzle and prize presentation for all

participants. Minimum age 12 years (must be accompanied by

an adult). Water safety personnel will be on course. More info

on Facebook or call Dee on 0403 864 947.

of the $35 million Fisheries

Assistance and User Engagement

Package, will support

industries and communities

transition their operations

under the new arrangements.

A total of $5 million is available

in the first round for

grants ranging from $50,000

to $1 million. Applications

close on 12 March 2019. More

info parksaustralia.gov.au/


Ready for Clean

Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day is

being held on Sunday March

3 around the country and Pittwater

locals are being asked

to do their bit in our area.

More info visit cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

On-demand Keoride

is now Opal Active

Passengers are now able to

use their Opal card to pay for

the highly popular Keoride

on-demand transport service.

OpalPay allows customers

to ‘tap on’ with their Opal

card when boarding Keoride,

reducing the need for separate

payment methods and

making multi-modal travel

more seamless. Local MP

Rob Stokes said the recent

introduction of the B-Line and

other new bus services, as

well as the Opal card and the

Keoride on-demand service,

had seen an encouraging

increase in public transport

patronage. Customers are still

required to pre-book their

Keoride either by downloading

the Keoride App and

selecting ‘OpalPay’ during the

booking process, or by calling

1800 536 743.





Dr Ben Brown

Dogs are considered seniors

when they reach their

7th birthday, for cats it is

their 10th birthday. Just like

humans, older age presents

new health problems for our

pets and it is important to be

aware of the signs of aging as

early detection is vital.

Some symptoms of aging

may be obvious, like an

intolerance to exercise or

limited mobility, while others

are more subtle. It is important

to monitor your pet’s eating

patterns and body weight, as

obesity can cause many health

issues, including osteoarthritis

and diabetes in old age.

Similarly, if your pet is too

thin it could be having dental

issues, metabolic disease

or certain types of cancers.

Sleeping patterns and cognitive

behaviour are also things to

look out for; a cat or dog that

isn’t aware of its surroundings

or has difficulty recognizing

people may be experiencing

early cognitive dysfunction or

dementia. (The signs of old

age can be more difficult to

detect in cats than dogs due to

their sedentary lifestyle.)

How much your pet is or

isn’t drinking can be indicative

of many problems, from

endocrine issues to kidney

disease. Kidney disease is very

common in older cats. Water

intake is often difficult to

check, especially in multi-pet

households, but water intake

should be monitored closely

if possible. The normal water

intake for cats and dogs is

approximately 50ml per kg

bodyweight per 24hrs; any level

above warrants a check-up.

Because our pets can’t talk

to us, senior pets should have

a routine blood test every

year. This helps to determine

the health of many important

internal organs such as the

kidneys and liver and can

often be the first indicator that

something is wrong. Drop in

to one of our hospitals this

month to discuss our senior

pet health focus.


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Good steer

Life Stories

In the 1960s, Col Crawford’s vision,

enterprise and work ethic delivered the

northern beaches a distinctive business

that continues to thrive today.

Story by Rosamund Burton

In 1967 Col Crawford bought a block

of land on Pittwater Road and opened

a used car sales yard. It was a oneman

band. The 33-year-old concreted

the yard by doing a deal with the local

cement truck drivers – a case of beer

for any concrete leftovers. Every time a

truck arrived he jumped into action and

spread the concrete.

“It was damn hard work,” this

entrepreneur admits, “but I saved myself

a fortune.” It was through his hard work,

resourcefulness and self-belief that Col

Crawford Motors grew to be the multimillion-dollar

business it is today.

Col Crawford is sitting in his

apartment at the RSL ANZAC Village in

Collaroy. A cool breeze blows through

the open balcony doors.

“This is the most beautiful part of the

world and the best kept secret” says the

85-year-old with a laugh, as he looks at

the view of Narrabeen Lake below and

the ocean in the distance.

Col Crawford grew up in Bondi, and

from an early age had a fascination with

cars. Also, aged five when he started

school, he had an infatuation for a

skinny brown-haired girl, holding her

hand, and getting her milk.

He insisted on inviting this girl to his

sixth birthday party, and the day of the

party Col wouldn’t move from the front

door, or play with the other children,

until the little girl arrived. When she

did, with a smile he took her hand and

the party began. Her name was Pam


When the Japanese attacked Sydney

Harbour in 1942, Pam and her mother

moved to Mudgee, and eventually Col

forgot about this girl.

Col’s father enlisted during World War

II, and was sent to New Guinea. When

he came home he left his wife, 10-year

old son, and three-year-old daughter.

So, to make ends meet, Col’s mother got

a job as a barmaid at the Bondi Hotel.

Despite her financial circumstances, she

was determined to give her son the best

opportunity, paying for him to go to the

prestigious Sydney Grammar School.

Due to not studying and poor

academic results Col left school at 16,

and applied for the job of office boy at

York Motors in William Street.

“The smell of a brand new car,” recalls

Col with relish, explaining that he

used to sit in the cars in the showroom

during his lunch hour and daydream

about owning his own car dealership.

Col was a keen surfer and a member

of the North Bondi SLSC’s junior team,

which won the Australian titles two

years in a row. One Saturday night at the

surf club, his attention was drawn to a

girl, called Pam, who casually mentioned

she had attended his 6th birthday party.

When he asked his mother about Pam

Tiddy, she produced a faded black and

white photograph of them both.

“Then I tried to get a date with her, but

she wouldn’t have anything to do with

me. Finally, she relented. We went to the

movies, and fell in love.”

Aged 18, Col got a sales cadetship with

Larke Hoskins, the then NSW retailers

and distributors for Austin. However, as

compulsory National Service had just

been introduced, he found himself in

the navy – one of 65 National Service

men on a frigate heading for the Monte

Bello Islands off Western Australia for

Britain’s first atomic nuclear test.

Col describes on the morning of the

explosion, being assembled on the upper

deck, hearing a loud boom, and then

seeing a huge mushroom cloud.

“There is no doubt we were irradiated.

We’ve since been given medals and

ribbons for the campaign, but many of

the crew suffered repercussions healthwise,”

he said. “Ninety per cent of my

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mates have died of cancer, and I’ve got

carcinomas on my legs, and recently had

colon cancer.”

Having completed his sales cadetship,

Col found himself not in his dream

job selling cars, but selling trucks.

However, he was ambitious, so was at

the city markets at 5am most weekdays

approaching anyone with an old truck.

He got results and was made salesman

of the year.

Col and Pam got married in 1955

and moved from Bondi to the Northern


“We found a little flat on Pittwater

Road with the ‘toot’ right down the

backyard, and really cheap rent. We

saved my wages and commissions and

lived on Pammy’s secretary salary.”

Three years later they had bought a

block of land on Blandford Street on

Collaroy Plateau and had a new threebedroom

weatherboard home, and a

hefty mortgage. It was here the couple

had their three children: Carol, Stephen

and Sharyn.

Col became sales supervisor for

a Larke Hoskins retail outlet in

Parramatta. Then thought he’d struck

gold when he acquired a job as sales

manager with the General Motors

dealer at Newport. He splashed out on

a new suit and shoes, determined

to look the part. But meeting the owner

on the first day was told: “You look

bloody awful. This is the Northern

Beaches, not a banking institution.”

Col says that the owner was a very

hard man to work for.

“I lasted 12 months, and increased his

business by 33%. Then one morning he

sacked me.”

Col was distraught, but within a few

months found himself general manager

of Suttons Chullora, the biggest Holden

dealership in Australia.

“I was there for five years, working six

days a week, and travelling over an hour

from Collaroy.”

It was while driving to work along

Pittwater Road that he noticed a vacant

block of land in Brookvale. He acquired

a bank loan and bought it. Only able to

afford to stock five cars, he borrowed six

others from friends and, with dancing

girls out the front, opened for business.

He worked seven days a week, and used

to trade anything, including surf boards,

as a part payment for a car. A year later

he was buying a second block of land,

also on borrowed money, and taking on a

Honda motorbike franchise. Then Honda

started making cars, producing the Civic.

“I had people tripping over themselves

to buy cars.”

Col Crawford was the first BMW dealer

in Australia and one of the first Datsun

(which later became Nissan) dealers,

Continued on page 32

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: At home at Collaroy; his dealership in the early

1970s; children Carol, Stephen and Sharyn on a shiny new Honda motorcycle;

with partner Patti Poole on Remembrance Day 2018; on holiday with the

extended family in Hawaii in 2016; at the beach and with Pam (aged six).

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Life Stories

Continued from page 31

and the first NSW Hyundai dealer.

For years after he opened, due to his

enthusiasm, Col Crawford Motors won

Time magazine’s National Dealer of the

Year award, and he was known for ages

after as ‘Mr Enthusiasm’.

He retired from the business in his

mid-50s, leaving his 26-year-old son

Stephen, at the helm. Stephen had done

the hard yards in the motor industry,

and was an expert valuer, before he

joined the family business. Today, the

company has around 250 employees,

among them Stephen’s three sons

– Harrison, manager of the Honda

division; Jake, who is in the service

department; and Will in the used car

section. And Col Crawford Motors’

premises are not only dotted all along

Pittwater Road in Brookvale, but now

also in Narrabeen.

Although retired, Col never stops

thinking about the business. He was

devastated when in 2018, Col Crawford

Motors unexpectedly lost the Nissan

franchise after 47 years.

“That was a big disappointment,” he


Both athletic and competitive, as well

as being a member of North Bondi and

Collaroy SLSCs, over his lifetime Col has

been a rower, squash player, yachtsman,

golfer; and he now plays bowls.

In addition, he’s raised over $3 million

for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance holding

auctions and golf days. It was Marelle

Thornton, President of the Cerebral

Palsy Alliance, who nominated him for

an OAM, which he received in 1997.

But one of the best days of his life, he

recounts, was running in the Olympic

Torch Relay on the opening day of the

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He took

the torch halfway up Lantana Avenue

here on Collaroy Plateau and ran with it

along Veterans Parade.

“Stephen put on a skeleton staff, so a

lot of staff members were there, all the

family as well as extended family and

friends and neighbours. It was a very

memorable day.”

Next to his grand piano and the

photographs of him with his children,

their partners, and his grandchildren

holidaying in Honolulu recently, is the

replica Olympic torch he received.

In 2005, soon after their 50th wedding

anniversary, Pam died of cancer.

“If I could change anything,” he tells

me, “I wish I could have changed that.”

With no money to his name, but a great

deal of determination and hard yakka, Col

Crawford built a car empire. “Successful

people have a habit of doing those things

that unsuccessful people are just not

prepared to do,” he says. This self-made

man has certainly proved that to be true.

ABOVE: Running the Olympic

Torch relay in the lead-up to

the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

LEFT: The Sydney Grammar


BELOW: Could this have been

the start of Col’s love of cars?

As an infant with grandmother

Mabel and mother Olga.

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heads to

the polls

Compiled by Nigel Wall & Lisa Offord

2019 NSW Election Special

The countdown is on to the 2019 NSW State Election

on Saturday March 23. Five candidates have put up

their hands to attempt to unseat three-term Member

Rob Stokes, with local issues at the forefront of all six

candidates’ campaign platforms. The age-old trinity of

local political debate – health, transport and housing –

figure prominently: Mona Vale Hospital, the upgrade of

Mona Vale Road, the new Northern Beaches Hospital, bus

services along the upper peninsula (including north of Mona

Vale), local planning and development. And, of course, the

environment and the unique nature of our seaside villages.

Over the following pages we give all the candidates their

voice, to help you decide who will get your vote.

Rob Stokes

NSW Liberals

His CV

Rob Stokes and his wife Sophie

live in Newport and are busy

raising three children. Before

entering parliament he was an

environmental and planning

lawyer, with qualifications

from Macquarie and Oxford


Mr Stokes has been an

active member of local surf

clubs, local churches and local

business chambers for more

than 20 years.

What He’s Delivered

Mr Stokes said that at the last

state election in 2015, he committed

to “continue funding

the redevelopment of Mona

Vale Hospital to provide strong

local health services together

with the new Northern Beaches


Today, the Northern

Beaches Hospital was fully operational,

bringing advanced

acute medical services to the

Northern Beaches for the first

time, he said.

“Mona Vale Hospital has

seen more than $50 million in

capital upgrades, including 86

inpatient beds, a 24/7 urgent

treatment centre staffed with

fully trained emergency physicians,

and more than 30 acute,

sub-acute and non-acute medical

services,” Mr Stokes said.

Also at the last election, he

said he committed to “ensuring

the continuation of the

upgrade of Mona Vale Road to

a dual carriage way, and the

improvement of public transport,

including the Pittwater

Bus Rapid Transport”.

He continued: “Since then, the

$140 million upgrade of Mona

Vale Road East has commenced,

the B-line rapid transport has

entered service, and a wide

range of other public transport

improvements, like the key ride

on-demand public transport

network, a new Palm Beach to

Manly service has been introduced,

as well as more express

buses like the E88.

Mr Stokes said he also committed

to “protect and enhance

Pittwater’s beautiful natural

environment and unique local

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character, such as Narrabeen

Lagoon Catchment and Barrenjoey


“Today, Narrabeen Lagoon

has been permanently protected

in the Narrabeen Lagoon

State Park, with a new multi-use

trail providing enhanced public

access for hikers and cyclists,”

he said. “More than $3 million

has been invested into heritage

restoration at Barrenjoey Headland,

including the lighthouse,

the access road and the Smugglers’


“Other improvements have

included a huge range of new

walking and cycling paths

across Pittwater, including the

new Soldiers’ Track at West End,

and the Palm Beach Walkway,

PHOTOS: Mark Merton / Sydney Images

linking the wharf to Governor

Phillip Park.

“We have also seen massive

investments into local emergency

services and sporting facilities,

like the new Mona Vale

Surf Club, Pittwater Baseball

Club and Marine Rescue Cottage

Point and Broken Bay.”

His Pitch

If re-elected, Mr Stokes says he

will continue to work on these

issues, bringing a new, large

ambulance station to Mona Vale

Hospital, among other improvements.

“On roads and transport, a

Liberal Government will bring

a direct public bus route from

Pittwater to the new Northern

Beaches Hospital, and will fund

further upgrades to the Wakehurst

Parkway,” he said.

“I will fight to secure funding

to complete the entirety of the

Mona Vale Road upgrade to

a dual carriageway, and will

continue to fund the rollout of

new cycleways and footpaths to

better link our community.

“The Liberals will also provide

funding to acquire precious endangered

littoral rainforest on

the Newport escarpment, and

ensure that planning policies do

not facilitate overdevelopment,

such as high rise.

“Finally, we will fund major

upgrades to local schools,

including Narrabeen High

and Narrabeen North Public

Schools, and new community

performance venues at Barrenjoey

High School and Mona Vale

Public School.”

He said that at a statewide

level, the Liberals were committing

to the Northern Beaches

Tunnel and Western Harbour

Crossing which would slash

travel times to the CBD, as well

as the F6 extension that would

make travel to the south coast

faster and easier.

“We are also committed to

extending the metro rail to the

southwestern suburbs and west

to Parramatta. Crucially, we will

maintain the budget discipline

that has provided the capacity

to invest unprecedented sums

into better infrastructure and


He warned that if the Liberals

are not successful at the next

election, all of the infrastructure

and service improvements

for Pittwater listed above would

be at risk.

“Labor has made zero commitment

to Mona Vale Hospital

– and has not even ruled out

selling off the land on which

the hospital stands!” he said.

“Labor has made it clear that it

will not fund transport improvements

for Pittwater by declaring

that it will cancel the Northern

Beaches Tunnel – offering no

alternative in its place.

“My greatest fear about a

change of government, however,

is Labor’s declared intention to

vastly increase housing targets

for the northern beaches. With

no commitment to road or

public transport improvements,

more housing will simply mean

more congestion and more flats,

destroying forever the unique

character of the Pittwater I love.”

Jared Turkington

NSW Labor

His CV

A resident of Newport, Jared

has lived on the Northern

Beaches since he was 12 years

old. He graduated from Northern

Beaches Christian School

and is currently studying Political

Science at the University of

Technology, Sydney.

His Pitch

Mr Turkington says he understands

the importance of

delivering a quality education

in our area and will work hard

to help make Pittwater an even

better place in which to live and


“The main reason I decided

to run as the ALP candidate for

Pittwater is that I am passionate

about saving and eventually

upgrading Mona Vale Hospital

to at least its former glory,” he

said. “The Labor Party built and

opened Mona Vale Hospital in

the 1960s and Labor is the only

party that can and will save

Mona Vale Hospital from the

Liberal Party’s ‘wrecking ball’.

“The Liberals previously

promised to not only preserve

Mona Vale Hospital but also

to improve it. They have now

taken our area for granted by

breaking this promise.

“My most pressing matter

would be to solve the healthcare

fiasco thrust upon us by

the Liberals. Labor has already

announced we will inquire into

the contracts that were signed

regarding both the new and old

hospitals, as well as what we

can do to restore proper medi-

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cal attention at the facilities in

Mona Vale.”

He added another reason for

running as an ALP candidate

was his strong opposition to the

forced amalgamation of Pittwater

Council into the Northern

Beaches Council.

“Labor’s policy is to allow

for a plebiscite of the Pittwater

residents to decide the future of

local government in Pittwater,”

he said.

“I will be campaigning to ask

the people of Pittwater if they

want to restore the defunct Pittwater

Council and thus breathe

new life into a local voice and


“The other local issues

that I think have been poorly

handled by the incumbent

Liberal Government have been

the neglect and destruction of

Mona Vale Hospital; the failure

to upgrade Wakehurst Parkway

so it remains open at all times

as a safe means of access to

the Northern Beaches Hospital;

the failure to complete the

upgrading of Mona Vale Road

from Manor Road, Ingleside to

Samuel Street, Mona Vale.”

Mr Turkingston said he

believed the reason deficiencies

had developed during the Liberals’

period of government was a

matter of their priorities.

“They are prepared to squander

$2.2 billion on unnecessarily

demolishing and rebuilding

stadiums,” he said. “Labor will

give priority to investing in

schools, hospitals and community

services instead of

splurging $2.2 billion on Ms

Berejiklian’s stadium rebuild.”

He added broader issues of

concern included the widespread

forced amalgamations

of Councils; the privatization of

public hospitals and the failure

to properly fund TAFE.

“The Liberals have allowed

TAFE enrolments to decline,

between 2015 and 2017,

from about 800,000 to about

680,000,” he claimed. “This has

resulted in the loss of about

5,500 teaching positions.

“Labor’s policy is to reverse

this poor management,” he

said. “A Daley Labor Government

will make TAFE free for

over 600,000 students studying

courses with skill-shortages.

Free TAFE is the ultimate jobs

plan and will give our young

people the skills our state

needs for the future.”

Additionally, Mr Turkington

said Labor would invest in

renewable energy and take

real action on climate change;

upgrade local roads and public

transport to ensure families

could spend more time at home

and less time on the road;

and ease the cost of living by

putting downward pressure on

electricity prices.

“I am asking the people to

vote for me so we can get the

best deal for the people of Pittwater,”

he said.

Miranda Korzy

The Greens

Her CV

Ms Korzy is a journalist who

has spent more than 10 years

covering everything from police

to the prime minister before

moving into feature writing and

freelancing. Earlier, she studied

at the ANU and did research

into child and maternal health.

For many years she lobbied

for public education funding

on local P&Cs. Most recently

she helped found the ‘Protect

Pittwater’ group to demerge

the Northern Beaches Council

before helping kick off the latest

phase of the Save Mona Vale

Hospital campaign; she remains

active on both.

Her Pitch

“I passionately believe the

community should have a say

in how we’re governed and am

angry that we’ve been ignored

and disregarded by the Coalition

government,” Ms Korzy

said. “They’ve stripped emergency

and other acute services

from Mona Vale Hospital and

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instead given us a privatised

and dysfunctional facility too

far away.

“It’s also outrageous that

although 89 per cent of Pittwater

residents wanted to keep

our council, the government

merged it anyway and removed

planning controls from the local


She said there were local

issues that had been poorly

handled or neglected by the

incumbent government.

“The re-instatement of acute

services at Mona Vale Hospital

is a life and death issue for Pittwater.

The new hospital is simply

too far away for thousands

of emergencies,” Ms Korzy said.

“Our low-rise villages, bushland

and wildlife are also under

threat from the Coalition’s planning

regime – with approvals

taken out of the hands of locals

and the imposition of ‘priority

precincts’ at Ingleside and

Frenchs Forest.

“Our planning laws don’t

even mention climate change –

yet our low-lying coastal strip is

extremely vulnerable. And we

have the Coalition at state and

federal levels at loggerheads

over gas exploration off our


“Also, public transport is

inadequate with the new B-line

bus and infrequent services to

Macquarie Uni and beyond.”

She added broader issues

that needed to be addressed

included mismanagement

of water rights in the Murray

Darling River system; a public

transport system that was at

breaking point, exacerbated by

gridlocked roads; inadequate

numbers of public hospital

beds for mental health patients;

and the Liberal Government’s

insistence to rebuild stadiums.

At a local level, she said: “I will

be campaigning to restore all

acute services at Mona Vale Hospital

and ensure systemic and

staffing problems at Northern

Beaches Hospital are sorted out.

“I will push for a plebiscite

to demerge our Council, make

sure that planning is done by

and for the people, and will

work to protect our trees,

coastline and low-rise villages.

“I will hold the government to

account – whether Liberal or Labor

– advocating for the people

of Pittwater in Parliament.”

She added that in a ‘hung’

Parliament, or one with a narrow

majority, minor parties

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and the crossbench would have

significant power over legislation.

“In the electorate, I’ll use

my background as a journalist

to listen to and inform the community.”

Stacey Mitchell



Her CV

Locally raised and schooled, Ms

Mitchell worked as an Electorate

Officer for former Mackellar

MP Bronwyn Bishop, where she

says she saw first-hand just

what it was to represent a community,

putting the views of the

electorate first – “listening and

meeting with local residents to

hear their story and allowing

them the time to speak”.

As a senior executive in

marketing, she has been driven

by a “making a difference”

mantra. She says that from

building brand awareness and

media and digital solutions to

developing market strategies

to managing departments, her

professional life continues to

revolve around people.

She represents the Australian

Conservatives, established in

2016 by Senator Cory Bernardi

as “a non-party political movement

to unite conservatives

under one banner and give a

voice to those who believe that

the political class no longer

represents them”.

Her Pitch

Ms Mitchell admits she was

once a card-carrying member

of the Liberal Party, but that

she and many other grassroots

conservatives could no longer

support a political party that

was now placing profit before

people – “selling off our assets,

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“Whilst at the same time

with its factional fighting and

obvious lurch to the left, we

grassroots members are no

longer able to have a say in the

candidates being placed into

elected positions (“jobs for the

boys”) which has seen the party

crumble in membership,” she


“We support and advocate

for the essential pillars of conservatism

as a means of building

a sustainable and prosperous

economy and maintaining

a civil society.

“Within that political climate,

the Australian Conservatives

movement has grown swiftly to

tens of thousands of supporters

who are demanding a better

way whereby politicians actually

represent us, and don’t dictate

to us. We believe that our

country should be one where

government is not an obstacle,

but an advocate and ally of its


Ms Mitchell said disrespect

for and lack of consultation

with the community was becoming

increasingly apparent,

having been a safe Liberal Seat

for “too long”.

“We’re staring down the barrel

of significant change,” she

said. “We’re no longer listened

to or even consulted – placing

profit before people is destroying

our beloved Pittwater community.”

She said “the belligerence”

of the Liberals was majorly

demonstrated by its treatment

of Mona Vale Hospital.

“Like what we saw with Pittwater

Council, the community

is speaking out and fighting

strongly to retain our hospital

as a Level 3 Facility, ensuring

we have an emergency, fully

functioning operating theatres

and maternity.

“We need to keep a Public

Hospital particularly given the

distance from the northern end

to the new Northern Beaches

Hospital is 26km (on majority

of single lane roads). With more

population growth planned,

how is this decision viable to

remove a public hospital from

its residents?”

Ms Mitchell said she would

advocate for a halt to population

/ housing increase until

current infrastructure was reviewed

and upgraded to handle

more people.

“As a local that has grown up

in Pittwater since the age of 2,

I could once go to Brookvale

in 20 minutes from Warriewood

– but today it’s double or

triple the time, depending on

the time of day because we’re

bursting at the seams with

population and there’s more

housing planned… why?

“It’s profit before people.

We’re opening more and more

land pockets – Warriewood as

an example, with more units

(bringing in another approximation

of two cars per household).”

Demerging Northern Beaches

Council was also a priority.

“Having one large council

(larger than a Federal Parliamentary

Seat) to cater for the

whole Northern Beaches locals’

needs is not appropriate,” she


“Planning to the south should

not be implemented to the

north – we have different environmental

impacts that require

knowledge and appropriate

planning. Pittwater’s uniqueness

must be retained.”

Ms Mitchell said broader

issues included escalating electricity

costs; tougher bail laws

and sentencing; improving the

economic viability of families

and local business.

Also, returning school

curriculums and syllabus to

traditional subjects.

“We will remove interference

from the radical political

ideologies that have seen our

kids being used as pawns in

international political debates

on matters like global warming,

climate change, gender fluidity,

abortion and immigration,” she


“As a working parent with

two small boys, and one of the

founding members of local

charity, YOUth OK, I want to

encourage the re-introduction

of ‘family values’ – with digital

platforms life is faster and I

know from personal experience

that we often forget that mobile

devices weren’t around when

we were children, and this new

digital world allows for schoolyard

bullying to exists 24/7,

pushing our kids too far.

“We need to slow down, be

more diligent and get back to

family time without devices

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as often as we can. Suffering

in silence is not OK, too many

children are taking their lives.

We can do better.”

She added that in the event

of any ‘hung’ parliament she

would not vote along left-leaning

or Greens policy.

Liam Gavin*


His CV

A Ship’s Captain by vocation,

Liam Gavin moved to the Northern

Beaches in 1988. In 1993 he

joined the Sydney Ports Corporation

and rose to the position

of Harbour Master for Sydney

Harbour and Botany Bay. He has

served on and chaired some

18 committees associated with

Sydney and the 2000 Olympic


His Pitch

Mr Gavin says he offers the

people of Pittwater a choice.

“I am not another career

politician staffer waiting for a

seat – I am a real person with

real experience,” he said. “People

are fed up with politicians

that do not understand the real

issues that people face. People

want education that see their

kids get a good start in life.

People want a health system

that looks after them when they

need it.”

Mr Gavin believes Mona Vale

Hospital should be retained as

a major public hospital, including

emergency and maternity.

His aim is to help restore local

councils that represent their


Regarding local transport, he

is campaigning to restore the

L90 timetable to all-day high

frequency services.

Regarding education, he

believes TAFE NSW should be

returned to its original purpose

to provide affordable education

and retraining, including opportunities

for apprentices.

* At the time of going to press

it was Mr Gavin’s intention to

stand although his candidacy

was not confirmed.

Natalie Matkovic

Animal Justice Party

Her CV

As the Group Co-Secretary

for the AJP Northern Beaches

Regional Group, Natalie joined

the AJP to help change how we

think and treat animals.

Natalie believes it is important

to care about all animals,

not just those who live with


A long-time advocate of

animal rights, Natalie wants to

help break the cycle of abuse

for animals and show them a

life that is kind and compassionate

with no pain or suffering.

Having lived and worked

on the Northern Beaches for

over eight years, Natalie is keen

to encourage political parties to

adopt animal-friendly policies in


Her Pitch

Natalie’s campaign platform is

built around banning 1080 poison

and introducing trap, neuter

and release programs; protecting

the ocean and waterways

from pollution; releasing cats

and dogs that have been used in

medical research and allowing

them to have a loving home;

banning the use of animals in

the circus and in entertainment;

ending puppy farms; and freeing

hens from battery cages.

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Art Life

Art Life

Getting ‘Familia’

A group of six Brazilian visual artists based in

Sydney are gathering to share their experiences

and collaborate at the Be Brave Art

Space at Avalon. This exhibition, entitled

‘Familia’ is the collaboration resulting from

their individual journeys coming together in a

group – but hurry, it closes March 3.

The exhibition showcases creations by

Cassia Bundock, Fabio Manzini (aka Juxta.

fab), Flavia Julius, Lia Marxx, Marisa Pasicznik

Ross, and Murilo Manzini (aka Muzi).

‘Familia’ invites the spectator to visit their

homeland and to deconstruct stereotypes

and paradigms. As they’ve settled in their

new land, the artists gravitate towards their

roots, renegotiating personal and artistic

identity and connection as they live their

lives and practice their art in an intercultural

dialectic space.

New and previous lives, locations and

families come together; new cultural references

and fresh feelings have merged with

ingrained memories and emotions.

‘Familia’ blends the Brazilian bossa with

the spirit of the Australian bush. It fuses and

renegotiates rhythm and happiness, colours

and dots, the beach and the city.

* 5-7 Careel Head Rd, Avalon Beach.

James’ ‘Express’ delivery

For the 35th year the Art Gallery of

New South Wales is showcasing

outstanding works of art created

by NSW students for the Higher

School Certificate (HSC) Visual Arts


Recent St Lukes Grammar graduate

James McCoy is one of 56 individuals

whose artworks were selected for the

prestigious exhibition, which runs

until April 28. His selection was a huge

accomplishment, given there were

8770 student works submitted for the

2018 HSC.

These high-achieving works

represent 12 different expressive art

forms including sculpture, drawing,

painting, printmaking, textile and

fibre, graphic design and photomedia.

James’ evocative work is called ‘Eye

Spy With Mt Many I’s’. He explains:

“To see through the eyes of a child is

to experience a state-of-consciousness

untouched by the serious,

authoritative paradigms enforced by

adult-ruled society.

“My body of work, drawing

inspiration from philosopher Alan

Watts, artist Reg Mombassa and from

personal observations, attempts

to embody this innocence and

playfulness, which tends to diminish as

we grow up.

“Being entirely conceived through

the stimulus of spontaneously

drawn ‘scribbles’ (an allusion to

the etcher-sketcher ‘scribble game’

I played as a child), the different

sections demonstrate a progression

of this playful attitude towards life –

schoolbook ‘doodles’ to sketchbook

drawings, to large scale drawings

– bringing one back to a mindscape

where intellect or obligatory social

conformity doesn’t subjugate, to

instead where our imagination,

simplicity, sense of play and eagerness

to act from intuition and natural

inclination prospers.”

Art Gallery of NSW director Michael

Brand said the creation of a visual arts

body of work for the HSC required

an enormous amount of thought,

experimentation, creative thinking and


Shining through in this year’s

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exhibition are themes of gender and

diversity, mental health and wellbeing,

and environmental issues. The

young artists explored very personal

views and fears through their works,

reflecting on the importance of family,

overcoming adversity and the impact

of technology on modern life.

The exhibition of final year student’s

artworks first began in Sydney in the

late 1950s and has grown to be the

major event it is today. Artists in the

Gallery’s collection who have been

exhibited in ARTEXPRESS previously

include Ben Quilty, Tom Polo, Jasper

Knight, Simone Douglas and Julie


The enduring popularity of this

exhibition is testament to the public’s

enthusiasm for supporting a new

generation of young artists, and

demonstrates the Gallery’s ongoing

dedication to young artists and art


– Nigel Wall

Nada exhibits vivid

colour & excitement

Acclaimed local painter Nada Herman is opening

her home studio at Avalon and exhibiting

over three successive weekends in March.

The colour and excitement in Nada’s work

reveals her love of our area and the beauty

found within the bush, marine life and beaches.

Thick brushes are a necessity in her style, as

well tins of oil paints and a palette knife. She

says the palette knife creates a fresh painterly

quality and is perfect for painting wet over

wet without the colours becoming muddy.

“I adore painting beach scenes – they are

full of subject matter with their lovely bathers

and the ever-moving waves, seagulls and

sailboats,” she says.

Open at 62 Chisholm Ave, Avalon from

10am to 5pm on March 9-10, 16-17 and 23-

24; more info 0414 849 580.

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Liz’s open studio works

inspired by bush and bay

Liz Muir’s open studio dates

in March gives serious art

collectors an opportunity

to meet and talk to her and

explore the process of her

large oil paintings. Visitors will

also be able to acquire a piece

of local artwork


a great


of contemporary





The collection has been

inspired by the Pittwater waterways,

Broken Bay environs

and the bush of the Garigal

National Park.

“Daily walks, capturing images

on camera, and painting

small watercolours are

the steps to recording the

colours, patterns and unusual

elements of these especially

beautiful areas,” said Liz.

“A large canvas is prepared

and a layer of colour applied

based on the colours in the

reference materials, which

reflect the season, weather and

shadows at that point in time.

Layers are

allowed to

dry before

the next

layer of

paint is



makes the

painting process for large canvases

happen over weeks.”

Liz says the artworks will be

competitively priced. Commissions

are accepted. Small works

will be offered for those wanting

a memento of their visit.

The open studio days are

the 9th, 16th and 23th March.

Visits by appointment also

welcome. Info 0414 505 450.

Valerie Taylor brings

deep sea to MAG&M

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

is hosting an exhibition

of book illustrations by artist,

author and celebrated

marine conservationist

Valerie Taylor.

Recognised worldwide

primarily for her

pioneering work with

her late husband Ron

Taylor demystifying

the world of sharks,

Valerie is less known

as an illustrator and cartoonist,

which was her first career.

In this exhibition, the words

and paintings of her children’s

book Melody the Mermaid:

Adventures in the Kingdoms

of the Sea will line the gallery

walls and take the viewer on

a literary and visual journey

through the story.

Senior curator Katherine

Roberts said Valerie published

the book in 2017 but the idea

for it came 25 years ago when

diving in the Coral Sea and her

Papua New Guinean crew told

her about seeing mermaids in

the water where they dived.

“Valerie’s first love was art

and she has drawn on her

deep knowledge of marine life

and conservation to write and

illustrate this fascinating and

imaginative book,” said Katherine.

“It features many marine

creatures in their

natural habitat, such

as the Weedy Sea

Dragon, which can be

found in the waters

around Manly.

“Even though the

book was written for

children, the exhibition

has something

for all ages. Her book is very

much about marine education,

as only someone of her

stature can tell it.

“As a passionate conservationist,

Valerie generally

believes that we really need

to know more about what

we are preserving to help us

really understand why it is so

important to preserve it.”

The exhibition runs from

March 22 – April 28; opening

night 6-8pm.

A special treat will be the

‘Artist in Conversation’ session

from 3-4pm on Sunday March

31 where you can meet Valerie

Taylor and hear about her

extraordinary life as she talks

with Katherine Roberts.

More info 9942 2678.

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Grab some fame at

Secret Postcard Show

ish You Were Here – The Secret Postcard Show’ is an

‘Wintriguing free exhibition of postcard-sized artworks

donated anonymously by local and international artists to raise

money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Running from 13 March to 30 March at ME Artspace in St

Leonards, the exhibition will showcase the works of more than

60 artists – whose secret identity is only to be revealed when

supporters have made their purchase.

“As visual artists we completely rely on and value our sight,

making The Fred Hollows Foundation the perfect cause to support,”

said Debbie Mackinnon, Founder of ME Artspace.

“Of the 36 million people in the world who are blind, many

don’t have to be. We wanted to find a way to help those suffering

avoidable blindness. It can cost as little as $25 to restore sight.

Hopefully sales of our postcards will help save the sight of many.”

All proceeds will be going to The Fred Hollows Foundation,

with bids for all postcards to start at just $25. The preview for

bidding will commence March 7 – 13.

“This postcard exhibition is a great opportunity to get your

hands on small original artworks by leading artists and also put

your money towards a great cause,” said Ms Mackinnon.

The exhibition will feature an impressive line-up, including

award-winning Wendy Sharpe, Charmaine Pike, Orlanda Broom,

John Bokor, Richard Claremont, Bernard Ollis and Sally Stokes.

It will be launched from 6-8pm on Wednesday March 13

and runs from Thursday March 14 through Saturday March 30

(11am-4pm Tuesday through Friday; 10am-2pm Saturdays).

* More info meartspace.com.au – Nigel Wall

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

No sign of tiring: ‘GOAT’

returns to North Steyne

Kelly Slater is still on tour – at 47. How come?

want to do a million different

things! I want to have so


many different lives. I want to

live in so many different places.

I’d like to get into my art… And

I want to practice on my guitar

and I’d like to concentrate

strictly on board design for a

while. I don’t have the time to

do it all and I think I just have to

try to accept that. Just try to fit

it in whenever. If I have a day to

do something I’ll try to fit it in.”

This is Kelly Slater talking, or

more accurately, this was Kelly

Slater – 25 years ago, in 1994,

when he was still pretty much

a frothing grommet, before he

became the GOAT.

The GOAT. It’s a funny sort of

term for a champion: not quite

tall poppy stuff, but almost.

Perhaps it’s just an attempt

to humanise the seemingly

superhuman. After all, when

someone really is the Greatest

Of All Time, what else can you

call him?

That’s Kelly. He’s our GOAT.

And pretty soon you’re probably

gonna see him, because in

mid-March at North Steyne, the

Vissla Sydney Pro will be held,

and Kelly has confirmed his


At 47 years of age, he’s

stepping back into the game at

roughly the level he entered it

nearly 30 years ago.

Which poses a question I’m

constantly seeing on surf comment

boards here and around

the world: Why? Why do it?

The Vissla Sydney Pro is a

mid-ranked world tour qualifying

series event – a far cry from

the elite level Championship

Tour, which begins in April on

the Gold Coast. Kelly will be

surrounded by 16-to-25-yearold

maniacs on the rise, kids

who’ll be frothing to take him


He’s coming off an 18-month

struggle with surgical repairs to

a broken foot, which isn’t going

to make the tricky little North

with Nick Carroll

EFFORTLESS & AGELESS: Kelly Slater is rewriting the history books. Can he add the record books to the equation?

Steyne shorebreak any easier to


And with 11 world titles to

his name, it’s not like Kelly has

anything to prove.

Yet the sheer unlikeliness of

his appearance – along with

what we understand was some

very determined lobbying by

Surfing NSW – may be a key

reason why he’s making it.

If you could pinpoint one skill

behind Kelly’s quite unbelievable

competitive record, it’s the

skill of re-invention. His restless

energies have always been

able to reassemble themselves

around some new surfing

theme – a change of approach,

a change of equipment, a new

rival, a new diet, something.

He has a deep need to engage,

and re-engage. It hasn’t always

worked, but it’s always been

there for him.

Kelly’s clearly thinking carefully

about 2019. Since January,

he’s spent much of his time in

Hawaii in re-set mode, experimenting

with different surfboards,

tuning up what looks

in his and others’ social media

clips to be precise, almost effortless


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18-24/3: Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, Manly

The contest in this story will be an early season booster for hyped

up young pros, men and women, looking for qualifying points on

the world tour hunt. It won’t attract many mega-pros but with Kelly

showing up, maybe it doesn’t need to. Will also feature the fascinating

shapers-on-the-beach series where top gun surfboard designers

hand-finish surfboards in public, complete with commentary.

31/3: Women In The Waves, Currumbin, Qld

This opening of a special exhibition at Currumbin’s Surfworld museum

focuses on a photographic record of women surfers through the

ages, featuring everyone from Pam Burridge and the first women’s

world champion Phyllis O’Donnell, now in her 80s.


Well, February had its shot at scaring us with a mega-swell, but

didn’t quite connect. The weather is weird worldwide right now.

The North Atlantic went to sleep in the first half of February, a time

during which it is notoriously psycho, Bells Beach was hit by midwinter

style westerlies and associated swells, while Hawaii was

absolutely bombarded by a raging northerly gale associated with

the strangest weather system I’ve seen around the Islands, maybe

ever. Air is flooding over the equatorial border right now from north

to south, carrying warm wet air into the mid-Pacific, and we feel this

may mean a slightly wetter month than Feb, but with highly variable

conditions: periods of warm calm weather broken by sudden onset

south-easterlies carrying rain and small to medium surf. There’s a big

month out there somewhere... but it ain’t March.

At Manly, he’ll be on an east

coast, which means the sun will

rise over the sea, just as it did

when he was a tiny grommet in

Cocoa Beach, Florida, surfing

with his brother Sean on his

first new board at the age of


And he’ll be around a pile

of fired up late teens-early 20s

kids – the same age as he was

in 1994, with all those millions

of things still ahead of him.

Nothing like a shot of youth to

get you psyched, and push you

to fresh heights.

All this might have special

resonance for a surfer who

knows he can’t keep doing this

forever – who may indeed be

prepping for a final year on


But still: why?

I dunno. GOATs are mysteries,

really, maybe even to themselves.

But here is something

the great John McEnroe recently

said to the wayward tennis

genius Nick Kyrgios. Bear with

me for a moment because this

is a piercing truth about professional


Kyrgios and McEnroe had

been at odds for a while, until

John coached Nick in a teams

event and they connected as

great sports people do.

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Nick Carroll

Nick was fascinated by McEnroe,

this player who was so

fantastic yet seemingly so emotionally

unsuited to stardom,

always spitting the dummy, as

Nick also does.

He asked John, Why did you

choose to be a pro tennis player?

Since you were so unsuited

to it in a way.

Same reason you do, John

said. What reason is that?

inquired Nick.

McEnroe told him: Because

we are not very good at anything


Kelly’s really lived up to the

quote at the top of this story.

He’s done a million things. He’s

got a tiny golf handicap. He’s

made an album with his mates.

He’s built a functioning wave

pool with some other mates.

With yet more mates, he’s

designed some of the finest

high-performance surfboards

in history. He is pretty good

at a lot of things, you might


But nothing comes close to

what he has done in professional

surfing. He will never in his

whole life do anything better

than that. Nobody will.

Would you quit? No you

wouldn’t. You’d play it out to

the end.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Why a kid’s first ‘test’ of

the year should be eyes

The Optometrist Association

urges parents to add an

eye test to their school checklist,

because as screen time

increases, and visual demands

in the classroom become

more complex, eye examinations

for children become

more important than ever.

With the beginning of

another school year it’s crucial

that awareness is raised about

the critical role a child’s eyes

play in their school life: from

reading, writing, sports activities

to computer use.

More often than not,

children themselves won’t

identify that there is anything

wrong with their vision

as they assume their vision

is just like everyone else’s.

That’s why Beckenham

Optometrist urges parents

to bring their kids in before

they start school and every

two years thereafter, to give

us the best chance to pick up

vision problems early.

An astounding one in five

children suffers from an

undetected vision problem;

however the research shows

a sharp decline in optometric

services to children of all ages

up to 14.

This trend is alarming

because vision is responsible

for 80% of all learning in a

child’s first 12 years. Poor

vision can interfere with your

child’s ability to learn both in

and out of the classroom, and

can also stunt their emotional

and social development. Seeing

all school age children

on a regular basis means we

can ensure their visual system

is functioning optimally for


Some of key signs and

symptoms of vision problems


n One eye turns in or out

while the other points

straight ahead;

with Rowena Beckenham

n Frequent blinking;

n Red or watery eyes;

n Sensitivity to light;

n Frequently rubbing eyes;

n Difficulty concentrating;

n Tilting head noticeably;

n Covering or closing one eye;

n Difficulty learning to read;

n Holding a book very close

when reading;

n Leaving out confusing

words when reading;

n Squinting or sitting very

close when watching television;

n Difficulty recognising familiar

people in the distance; and

n Complaints of headaches,

blurred or double vision

*About us: Beckenham Optometrist

takes a holistic and

extensive approach to an eye

examination, including advice

on health, diet and lifestyle

and the latest eyewear solutions

for maintaining healthy

eyes and vision. We have been

operating in Avalon for 20

years and the team remain

passionate about delivering

the best possible eye care to

our community.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 20 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Women and wine o’clock

Researchers are looking at the role alcohol

plays in the life of women living

on the northern beaches.

And they need your input.

If you are a woman aged between 35-

59, you are invited to take part in a focus

group to share your thoughts, opinions

and experiences with alcohol with members

of the Northern Sydney Local Health

District (NSLHD) Health Promotion Service.

Focus Groups will be held at the

Brookvale Community Health Centre and

Mona Vale Community Health Centre,

with session times including Tuesday

5 from 6.30-8pm, Wednesday 13 from

6pm-7.30pm, Saturday 16 from 1pm-

2.30pm and Tuesday 19 March from


Confirmed participants will receive a

$50 Coles gift card for their time.

Find out more information, register your

interest and confirm your preferred session

via: surveymonkey.com or contact the

Health Promotion team on 02 8877 5118.

This project is approved by the NSLHD

Human Research Ethics Committee.

If you require information about

services available for people affected by

alcohol and drugs, you can contact the

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline

on 1800 250 015.

– Lisa Offord

Cliffside Festival

Northern Beaches Police Command Superintendent

Dave Darcy has revealed

23 of the 30 suicides on the northern

beaches in 2018 were males.

On the weekend of March 16-17 Gotcha4

Life Men’s Mental Health Foundation,

established by Triple M Radio and TV

presenter Gus Worland, is powering up a

festival and fun run to connect the community,

raise awareness of mental health and

encourage people to get active.

Held at Long Reef headland, family

friendly activities on the Saturday include

food trucks, an outdoor cinema screening

‘The Greatest Showman’ plus live music

while a fun run will follow on the Sunday.

The run is for all ages and fitness levels.

Choose between courses ranging from

3km to 21km.

* More information at gotcha4life.org

Did you know? Lifeline Australia

and Gatcha4Life offer scholarships to encourage

men to become Telephone Crisis

Supporters. The scholarship program will

cover the cost for accepted students to

participate in Crisis Supporter Workplace


* Go to lifeline.org.au and click on the

Support Lifeline tab.

– LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Early treatment for loss

of hearing is a necessity

Hearing loss of some degree

affects 15% of Australians.

Untreated, hearing loss can

impact on productivity, relationships

and general health

and well-being. Recent studies

have shown people with hearing

loss who wore hearing

aids or cochlear implants had

a slower rate of cognitive decline

in later years than people

with untreated hearing loss.

Difficulty hearing has also

been linked to depression.

David Lewis, 67, struggled

with hearing loss for more

than 10 years before seeking

help from Pittwater Hearing.

David noticed that his hearing

loss impacted on many

aspects of his life. “Previously

when I went travelling,

I would miss a lot of what the

tour guide was saying… it

crept up on you, at the end I’d

realise ‘I didn’t hear a lot of

that’. At work, I have a lot of

large room meetings. What I

was very worried about was

questions. I would have to

say, ‘if you are going to ask

me a question, please speak

distinctly and loudly’.”

David was fitted with hearing

aids nine months ago, and

visits Pittwater Hearing for

regular appointments to make

sure he is making the most of

his residual hearing and hearing

aids. Compared to how

he was hearing before, David

says: “That’s gone… there’s

none of that now. The TV is

now at a normal volume. Hearing

loss is an infliction on your

partner too, with the TV up

one-and-a-half times as loud.”

As a manager of a large

team David now realises how

with Emma van Wanrooy

much his hearing loss was

impacting on his performance

at work. “I was giving 100, but

only hearing 70%. If someone

rang on the phone, I would

ask people to email me details

because I wasn’t confident I’d

hear the right thing. Now, it’s

not a problem at all. I have a

complete conversation via the

Bluetooth [hearing aids] on my


David has also noticed how

wearing hearing aids has

impacted positively on his

relationship with his grandchildren.

“My grandchildren sit

in the back of the car as I’m

taking them home. I can hear

them now. It’s a very small

thing, but it’s a HUGE thing.”

Hearing loss is normally a

gradual deterioration, so it can

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sneak up on you. Often, it’s

not until it’s having a negative

impact on relationships

with those closest to you that

people realise they have a

hearing loss. Seeking a full assessment

from an audiologist

will provide you with advice

on whether medical advice is

needed, and the possible options

for best managing your

hearing loss. Hearing aids are

not the answer for everyone

and audiologists can offer

other strategies to assist in

minimising the impact of your

hearing loss on daily life.

Sunday March 3 is World

Hearing Day, with the theme

being ‘Check Your Hearing’.

The World Health Organisation

wants everyone to know that a

regular hearing check is important,

especially if you are over

50, working in noisy places, or

listen to loud music for long

periods of time.

Pittwater Hearing is celebrating

Hearing Awareness Week

(March 3-9), with an afternoon

tea for the community from

2pm on March 7. Find out how

to check your hearing using the

HearWHO app, meet people living

with hearing loss and learn

how you can look after your

hearing. RSVP 8919 0008 info@


Bilgola resident Emma van Wanrooy is an Audiologist

with 21 years of experience working across a broad range

of areas in Audiology. Emma has worked with some of

Australia’s largest organisations including Australian Hearing,

and the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre; she has

also worked with the internationally renowned National

Acoustic Laboratories where she was involved in research

into hearing aid fitting, bimodal hearing (cochlear implant

and hearing aid worn together), and speech and language

outcomes for children with hearing loss.

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Develop new

life balance

Ever seen those couples

doing acrobatics at the

beach or in the park and

wondered what that’s all

about? It’s a growing trend

called “acro” – or partner

acrobatics – and now people

on the Northern Beaches can

learn all about it at a new

space in Warriewood.

The Acro Studio was

launched last year by Chris

and Monique who say they

were often asked by other

adults where they could

learn similar skills in a safe


“With a few studios in the

city and surrounding areas

there wasn’t a space like this

on the Northern Beaches

for people to practise or

learn the basics of this new

trend,” said Chris, who has

been in the fitness industry

for more than 10 years

and is also a rehabilitation

participants’ abilities so they


work on skills that are at the

He explained acro

appropriate level for them.

is a mix of Acroyoga,

“Open training sessions


on Friday evenings and

AcroBalance, Icarian, Adagio

Sunday afternoons are an

and Standing Acrobatics,

opportunity for people to

appealing to those who like

practise skills they have

to try something new, with

learned and learn some new

likeminded people.

ones in a safe environment

“We get a lot of yogis,

without the formalities of a

rock climbers, dancers,

structured class,” she said.

travellers and couples

“We also host workshops

walking through the door,”

with specialised trainers

Chris explained.

who come to share their

“We encourage

knowledge and expertise for

participants to bring their

more advanced skill levels.”

friends, partners or even a

Chris said that due to its

family member so they can

inherent fun factor, acro had

enjoy a laugh with people

boomed around the world,

they know as well as make

with Australia no exception

new friends along the way.”

as community groups popped

The studio is a kids-free

up all around the country.


“The majority of people

“As adults we tend to

who experience acro really

forget what it’s like to

feel the benefit of it,” Chris

simply play in everyday

said. “From communication,

life, so we aim to make all

physical touch, safety and

lessons fun – though still

body awareness, to meeting

focusing on safety.”

new friends, getting fit, and

Monique, a registered

achieving skills they never

nurse, explained the

thought possible – until now!”

classes, held Monday

– Lisa Offord

through Thursday evenings,

* Want to know more? Go to

specifically catered to


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Health & Wellbeing

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MARCH 2019 51

Health & Wellbeing

Newport going with the FLO

There’s no escaping the

buzz of the new Yoga and

Pilates Studio in Newport, and

for good reason. The cleverly

named For Love Of has to be

seen to be believed. From the

coloured lighting effects on

the front wall, to the soft-feel

flooring, the organic cotton

yoga props, essential oil diffusers,

and immersive music

system, FLO (as it’s known)

offers a truly unique wellness


But don’t be fooled by

its chic appearance: FLO is

not your average Yoga and

Pilates Studio. In fact, as FLO

owner and Newport local Gaz

told Pittwater Life: “FLO is

all about making Yoga and

Pilates simpler, easier and

more inclusive. Unlike most

studio owners, I’m not a Yoga

or Pilates teacher. The main

reason I wanted to open FLO

was because I’d attempted

Yoga at some other studios,

but never really felt like I fit

in. I was stiff as a board, and

found that even the intro

classes a bit too advanced.

Plus the lingo was confusing.

I didn’t know if a chaturanga

was a part of my body, or a

thing I was meant to do.

“Having spent a decade running

community-style gyms, I

saw the opportunity to create

a different style of studio – a

place that was more about

health, wellness and community,

than trying to turn yourself

into a human pretzel. So

when the space across from

The Newport became last July,

I jumped at it.”

He says response from

the community has been

emphatic. “In our first two

months we’ve had over 200

people sign up, with more

than half of them new to Yoga

and Pilates,” Gaz said. “I thinks

it’s because the FLO team

make new people feel really

welcome. And it helps that

most of our timetable (over

70%) is suitable for beginners.

Our easiest classes are colourcoded

on the timetable, and

you don’t even need to book

for your first visit.”

The studio’s membership is

diverse, with members ranging

from 10 to 81 years old.

In the reception area, there’s

an unmistakably relaxed vibe

(which he says seems to carry

over to Beco and The Newport

Cafe afterwards).

“What I love most is hearing

members chatting after class

– discovering that their kids

both go to Newport Public, or

that they’re both members of

the surf/yacht/sports clubs, or

that they’re actually neighbours.”

Apart from Yoga and

Pilates classes, FLO also runs

Creativity Workshops on

Thursday nights. Each week

there’s something different

to choose from. From How

to Brew your own Kombucha

and Ferment your own

Foods, to Mandala Making,

Vision Boarding, Painting,

Drawing and even Gardening,

the workshops are a great

way to try something new.

They’re simple and fun, with

no prior experience required.

As Gaz explained: “FLO is

more about creating a community

feeling and a sense

of belonging than it is about

simply doing Yoga or Pilates.

It’s a place where people can

come to unwind, connect,

get a bit fitter and stronger,

meet their neighbours, and

try something new.”

* FLO is offering an Intro to

FLO 1-month Unlimited Pass,

which allows you to try out

all of their Yoga and Pilates

classes for an entire month,

for just $49.

Info about the Creativity

Workshops can be found at

forloveof.com.au or on facebook

(‘FLO Newport’).

– Nigel Wall

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Hair & Beauty

A clinical acne approach

will make things clearer with Sue Carroll

Acne is a wound to the

acne, to help repair wounds and gently exfoliate in addition

skin. The medical

and reduce the risk of scarring, to healing the skin.

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you’ll want to take a holistic When you pay attention to

describes it as “a genetic

approach, being sure to first all of the possible contributing

disease evolving from retention

reduce bacteria, increase factors that may create acne,

hyperkeratosis of the follicular

exfoliation, then support and make life style changes,

epithelium”. In layman’s terms

with healing. In the treatment improvements can be made.

this means your follicles

room ingredients including Combine these changes with

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antibacterial, antioxidants, professional skin treatments

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enzymes, flower extracts and proper home care

a great place for acne bacteria

and zinc will support in

regimens, acne is a treatable

(P acnes) to thrive. The buildup

healing and repairing acne skin disease.

of dead skin cells within


the follicle, mixed with the

With compromised skin, it’s Sue Carroll of Skin

overproduction of sebum (oil),

best to keep the regimen at Inspiration has been a qualified

the follicles become clogged

home simple, using ingredients

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and will create acne.


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and genetics. Other factors type indicated by small slightly more wounds from occurring)

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irritants. Stress stimulates the For acne-prone skin, rubbing

adrenal glands and fluctuating or any manipulation of

testosterone levels can cause a microcomedones may cause

flare-up. Improper extractions a rupturing of the follicle.

can rupture the follicles and Continual friction from

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Touching also irritates the cause Acne Mechanica.

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the skin, as this can cause more predominant in women

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understand what types of hair”. Occurs when coarse,

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seen in adolescents that normally leave the follicle.

involves the sebaceous

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papules, pustules, nodules, cellular wounds, and if left

cysts and sequelae, such as untreated, the wound may

pitted or hypertrophic scars. become a breeding ground for

Propionibacterium Acnes are bacteria and increase the risk

the bacteria that cause Acne of permanent scarring. With

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Health Hair & Wellbeing Beauty

Business Life: Money

Business Life

Aussie share alternatives

amid days of uncertainty

with Brian Hrnjak

This month we look at

income distribution.

a few alternatives to

This and the following

Australian shares that

example, which operates in

can help to broaden income

the same property sector, are

generation within portfolios.

both on a recovery track as the

While the political debate

market did not warm to these

rages on regarding the issue

assets soon after they listed

of franking credit refunds

for reasons that included the

sensible investors are plotting

view that interest rates were

alternatives should the need

going to rise and that service

arise. The word ‘should’ is

stations would be out of business

an important one here as

due to electric cars.

the change foreshadowed

Viva Energy REIT –

by Labor if they win government

ASX:VVR. Similar to the asset

are by no means a pretty good return and the they came to us, they were above but this one holds 442

certain. Labor needs to win main reason why investors like skewed more heavily towards service stations under the

both a majority in the House Australian shares so much. growth assets so we have Shell and Coles brands. Net

of Representatives and have In the event that franking been successful in rebalancing

tangible assets of $2.20 per

at least a compliant senate, credit refunds are lost with

their holdings back to a shares trading at around

two things that from where a change of government, we balanced position but they $2.40 – so a premium to asset

we sit in mid-February may be need to find something that can remain overweight in Australian

value of about 10% which is

a step too far.

boost income returns within the

shares and underweight not unusual. The company

Nevertheless, forewarned portfolio. Keep in mind though in property and international is due to report after my

is forearmed. As it happens, I that if this situation arises a solution

shares. This is not an unusual deadline but distributions

have a client portfolio review

for self-funded retirees is situation in which to find self-

over the past year appear to

on my desk which has some likely to be more complex than funded retirees partly because be approximately 14.02 cents

telling statistics for asset just replacing a few shares and of a familiarity bias towards or a 7% return if you bought

class returns over the past 12 will need to be considered on a local shares and partly because

it last year. Gearing levels are


case by case basis. I fully expect

those refunds of frank-

the same as AQR at 32.5%

Looking at the return from the industry to be working on ing credits can be addictive. but lease expiries are slightly

their ASX top 50 Australian a number of product solutions

Casting an eye over the longer at 13.2 years. It’s nice

share index fund, the combined

that may fully or in part market, the property area has to see CBA increasing their

return from capital overcome the problem but for a few interesting securities holding in the share via a

growth and dividends was our exercise here it is enough to to consider as alternatives. recent substantial shareholder

9.2. Add in the tax benefit of examine at a few alternatives to When trying to replace the 7% notice – I notice it’s to be held

the franking credits and this Australian shares.

after tax income stream from in part in the CBA officer’s

return improves to 11.3%. The The client report on my shares I was drawn to:

superannuation fund, often

total return is made up of desk is typical in several ways APN Convenience Retail a ‘seal of good housekeeping’.

capital growth of 4.3% and – the clients are balanced REIT – ASX: AQR. This listed

The price movement

income from dividends and investors who have a bias towards

fund holds 70 service station in the last 12 months was

franking credits of 6.99% – a

Australian shares. When assets branded as Puma, from $1.98 to $2.40 or a very

Woolworths, 7-Eleven and healthy 24% plus a 7% income

Viva. The net tangible asset return. It appears from last

backing is $2.95 per share year’s filings that around 25%

and it is trading at around of the income return is classified

$2.92, distributions are

as ‘tax deferred’. This

7% p.a., gearing levels are is a deemed return of capital

reasonable at 32.5%. The caused by the effects of

weighted average lease expiry

depreciation on the trust, too

is over 12 years and the complicated to explain here

properties are 100% occupied. but possibly a good thing if

Another factor adding to its you are holding the security in

appeal is the manager holding

a taxable situation.

a co-investment in the Redcape Hotel Group – ASX:

fund alongside investors. The RDC. This trust owns 32 pubs

price movement in the last and I could probably stop

12 months was from $2.69 to writing there. Emotions to one

$2.92 so a tidy 8.5% capital side, of the 32 pubs, 22 are

return in addition to a 7% in greater Sydney the closest

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ones to us being Minsky’s in

Cremorne and the Willoughby

Hotel; the 10 others are in

regional areas. It is important

to state upfront that 63% of the

group revenue is from gaming

for those of you with a social

conscience. This is a recent

listing with income distributions

forecast at 7.7%. Internal

gearing was around 37.4%, net

tangible assets in the prospectus

were $1.13 per share with

the security trading at a slight

discount of around $1.04.

Three niche property

investments all with the ability

to generate income in a

portfolio equivalent over the

last year to what a holding in

an index of the top 50 shares

delivered. The listed property

index was no slouch either

– the Vanguard Property

Securities ETF in my client’s

portfolio managed to achieve

a 10.2% income distribution

over the same period.

I consider income to be a

vitally important component

of portfolio design. If your

holdings generate income

equivalent or near to your

drawings, then you are in a

strong situation when markets

turn south. If, however,

you are investing through

superannuation you have a

little more flexibility available

because of the low tax

environment. Because you

pay little or no tax on earnings

you are theoretically

indifferent towards capital

or income returns, your main

focus should be on sustainable

returns. Most portfolios

we see for the first time are

underweight in international

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shares and this is partially

explained by familiarity bias

towards local shares but also

the addition of another layer

of risk being currency.

If currency worries you then

consider using a hedged fund

but the final example below is

of a contemporary, well regarded

international share fund:

Magellan Global Trust –

ASX:MGG. This ASX listed

managed fund holds Google,

Facebook, Kraft, Mastercard,

Starbucks and Visa among

others. The trust is a concentrated

portfolio of between 15

to 35 of the world’s best global

companies with a targeted

cash distribution of 4% p.a.

The 12-month performance

figures in my client’s portfolio

were 12.6% split between

8.6% capital growth and 4%

income return. You could

pick and choose international

shares yourself and save the

management fees, but I’d

prefer to sleep at night.

If the franking credit

changes never materialise

then we can all go back to being

overweight in Australian

shares. The examples here

though have merit in broadening

diversification and the

income base in our portfolios.

If you are concerned

about the possible impact of

proposed changes to franking

credits and want to understand

more about the issue

visit: cuffelinks.com.au/franking-credits-made-easy/

for an

excellent article penned by

Graham Hand.

* Disclosure: the author may

own shares in AQR, VVR, RDC

or MGG.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life

Business Life: Law

Business Life

Royal Commission into

banking and its effects

The debate as to whether

to call a royal commission

into the banks was

protracted and fought out over

months and years before the

former prime minister gave in

and called the Royal Commission

into Misconduct into

Banking, Superannuation and

Financial Services Industry,

and appointed the Hon. Justice

Kenneth Hayne QC as the sole


The calls for the Commission

arose from media reports,

and a report of a parliamentary

enquiry which recommended

its establishment. The

issues raised included: lack

of regulatory intervention by

relevant government authorities;

allegations of financial

institutions being involved in

money laundering for drug

syndicates; possible terrorism

financing; and the banks turning

a blind eye and ignoring

statutory reporting responsibilities

and impropriety in

foreign exchange trading.

Over 12 months and 68 days

of hearings, 130 witnesses and

more than 10,000 public submissions,

the royal commission

reported astonishing behavior

which has elicited much public

outrage – and a likely mounting

compensation bill.

The final report included

76 recommendations, most of

which with some exceptions are

said to be acceptable to both

government and opposition.

Within days of the release of

the report, both the Chairman

and the Chief Executive Officer

of the National Australia Bank

had resigned, having been singled

out for particular criticism

for their attitude and conduct

displayed in giving evidence

before the Commission.

Some others – for example

the Chairman of the

AMP – resigned and

the CEO and Head

of Advice retired

during the Commission.

At IOOF the

Chairman, CEO and

the CEO, Dove Financial

have all stood down

pending a court case.

As financial journalists

analyse the three volumes of the

report, there is much speculation

as to which institution and

personnel will be next to depart.

For the public looking on

it was unbelievable to hear

of deceased people being

charged fees long after they

had died and other similar

transgressions. At one stage

the Commissioner observed

that such conduct might be

characterised as criminal.

So, what has been the effect

of the royal commission? ASIC

has announced that it has 41

ongoing Case studies/ investigations


The mortgage industry has

taken issue with the recommendation

that mortgage

broker commissions should be

banned over a period of two

to three years, first by banning

trail commissions on all

new loans and then all other

commissions. Then mortgage

brokers should be subject to

the same laws that apply to

financial advisers who give

personal advice.

Aussie Home Loans and

Mortgage Choice CEOs have

both been outspoken in their

opposition to recommendations

concerning mortgage

brokers. The CEO of Aussie

Home Loans, James Symond,

has said “the elimination of

mortgage broking trailing commissions

will halve the average

annual income of a broker to

with Jennifer Harris

$40,000, triggering an exodus

from the industry and choking

off bricks-and-mortar distribution

for small and foreign home

loan lenders”.

Mortgage Choice CEO Susan

Mitchell claims the recommendations

“will result in poor



which is not

in line with

original intentions

of the banking royal


It is reported that

banks currently pay

mortgage brokers in

excess of $1.5 billion a

year in up-front, and about

$1.billion in trailing commissions.

The recommendation

is that instead of the current

system, the customer should

pay the broker up front.

So much for the banks and

industries directly involved in

the royal commission... but

what about the general public?

From this writer’s point of

view the general public has

been impacted by the royal

commission since it began; it

had an immediate effect. As

soon as it began almost 12

months ago, credit tightened

and loans and facilities generally

available for customers became

more difficult to obtain.

This change did not bring

about a statement from any of

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the banks a tightening of credit

was just put into operation.

Suddenly, real estate

agents began reporting about

transactions ‘falling over’ as

prospective purchasers with

interim bank approval were

attending auctions and private

treaty sales confident of

obtaining final bank approval

and securing a deal to purchase,

only to have their bank

reject final approval of their

loan on further consideration.

One agent reported three prospective

sales had ‘fallen over’

in a week. This can make for a

very uncertain market

Those ultimately rejected by

the banks for final approval

report that their bank statements

have been analysed

item by item and they have

been cross examined as to

their personal purchases and

other item such as the payment

of a HECs debt for a son

or daughter which may extend

over a number of years – and

that was a reason to reject a

loan application!

Small business has also been

affected as the easy as it were

working together relationship

which some have had and have

cultivated with their banker or

financier has changed as overdrafts

and lines of credit have

become unavailable or have

dried up. In another example,

an applicant for a credit card

was kept waiting for a month

then rejected despite having

very substantial assets and

cash in the bank.

Banking staff, that is the

front-of-house staff, express

themselves as embarrassed

and unknowing as to why

they are not permitted to assist

regular and well-known

customers; instead they merely

indicate that their instructions

come from head office.

As this change began during

the royal commission’s

hearings it appears to have

been done in anticipation of

the commission’s findings and


For small business, that is

an independently owned and

operated company or entity

that is limited in size (such as

for example the local butcher,

baker or accountancy partnership),

the credit squeeze can be

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very harsh. Small business is

very over-regulated and it is not

unusual to hear of proprietors

being ‘burnt out’ and giving up.

Over this period it has

become necessary to advise

some small businesses who

have found themselves creditors

of businesses in financial

difficulties and some businesses

who have had to consider

voluntary liquidation.

Briefly, an employee who is

owed money for unpaid wages

and entitlements is a creditor.

And if you have supplied

goods and services or made

loans to a business or company,

you are a creditor.

There are generally two

categories of creditors – secured

and unsecured. The difference

is that a secured creditor holds a

security interest, such as a mortgage,

in some or all of the businesses’

assets to secure a debt

owed by the company. When a

loan is provided security interest

over property other than land

is registered on the Personal

Property Securities Register

(PPSR) if the creditor wants to

ensure their security interest is

enforceable and accorded priority

in an insolvency. The creditor

can search the PPSR to find out if

anyone holds a security, interest

other than a mortgage over land,

in the businesses’ assets.

An unsecured creditor is a

creditor who does not hold a

security interest in the businesses’

assets. Employee are

a special class of unsecured

creditors. In a liquidation, their

outstanding entitlements are

paid in priority to the claims of

other unsecured creditors.

It will be interesting to see

the figures of insolvencies during

the past 12 months to see

if there has been an increase

of any size. In may well be an

indicator of a thus unforeseen

impact of the Royal Commission

into Misconduct into

Banking, Superannuation and

Financial Services Industry.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services


British & Swedish Motors

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,

Saab and Volvo with the latest in

diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all

mechanical repairs and rego


Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.


Battery Business

Call 9970 6999

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

beaten on price or service. Free testing,

7 days.


Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.


The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing, pressure cleaning,

carpet washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at all

times. No travellers or uninsured

casuals on your property.


Captain Cook Electrical

Call Blake 0488 849 124

Zero dollars call-out; offering discount

for Senior; 24-hour emergency service.

Family owned and operated.

Advertise Your

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Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV and data

needs. Local business. Quality service



Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles

& laminates. Open 6 days.


Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree care by

qualified arborists and tree surgeons.


Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design,

fitting, consultation. Excellent trades.


Avalon Physiotherapy

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Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

for back pain and sciatica, sports

injuries, muscle soreness, pregnancyrelated

pain, imbalance.

Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

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Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

for chronic and acute pain, sports injuries.


Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

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Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their best. Comprehensive

control. Eliminate all manner of

pests. They provide a 24-hour service.


Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call Nick 0411 251 256

Specialist in gasfitting, drainage and

plumbing. Complete service, competitive

rates. Local and reliable – free quotes.

Pure Plumbing Professionals

Call 9056 8166

Zero dollars call-out – and you approve

the price before they begin. 24/7 Emergency

Service. 10% pensioner discount.



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Specialists in window tinting and glass

coatings. Act now for summer.

Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.

B & RD Williams

Call Brian 0416 182 774

Kitchen and bathroom renovations, decks,

pergolas. Small extensions specialist.


Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your

home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection

checked. Since 2009.


Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

domestic & commercial.


Piria Coleman

Call Piria 0490 499 963

Learn Tai Chi and Qigong, gentle forms

of exercise that are both relaxing and

energizing. Group classes; private

training by request. Piriacoleman.com

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Talented tenor returns

Hailed as having the best his debut in the Australian bad for 25-year-old!

tenor voice in Australia, production of Dirty Dancing Mark’s impressive song list

the affable Mark Vincent is followed by Dame Julie

for his performance at Dee

back on the beaches with a Andrews’ production of Why RSL at 4pm on April 7

new show at Dee Why RSL. My Fair Lady, which toured will include ‘The Impossible

Signing with Sony Music at nationally with Opera

Dream’, ‘On The Street

the age of 15, after winning Australia to rave reviews. Where You Live’, ‘Music Of

‘Australia’s Got Talent’ with Mark has toured

The Night’, ‘Nessun Dorma’

his performance of Nessun extensively around Australia and marvellous duets such

Dorma, Mark has released and overseas performing in as ‘All I Ask of You’ and he’ll

eight consecutive #1 ARIA iconic venues including the be backed by The Serenade

Classical Crossover Albums Royal Albert Hall in London. Orchestra and supported by

and earned accolades both He released his ninth soprano, Opera Australia’s

nationally and internationally. album ‘The Most Wonderful Clarissa Spata.

He has also performed Time Of The Year’ last year Tickets $49 available now

in musical theatre, making for the festive season… not at dyrsl.com.au.

Celebrating women

trio of passionate and dedicated

A musicians will perform a concert of

Romantic chamber music on Sunday 24th

March at 4pm for Wyvern Music Forestville

at OLGC Catholic Church.

‘Celebrations’ commemorates two inspiring

women of the 19th Century – the 200th

birthday of brilliant composer and pianist,

Clara Schumann and the creative talent of her

friend, Fanny Mendelssohn.

Winston Churchill Fellow, concert pianist,

artistic director and music educator Grace

Kim (pictured), Sydney Symphony Principal

Violinist, Marina Marsden, and Sydney

Symphony cellist, Kristy Conrau, perform

the beautiful Piano Trios alongside Clara’s

charming Violin Romances and Fanny’s

captivating Cello Fantasia.

Tickets: Full $25; Concession $20;

Students $15 (children under 16 free). More

info 9416 5234 or wyvern.fmca.org.au






Australian Global Entertainment Presents



One of the finest Tenor voices in the world!

Experience the MAGNIFICENCE and BEAUTY

of Mark’s truly SPECTACULAR voice.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see Mark performing

songs of the great tenor repertoire The Impossible

Dream, On The Street Where You Live, Music Of The

Night, Nessun Dorma and marvellous duets.

Backed by The Serenade Orchestra and

guest soprano Opera Australia’s Clarissa Spata.



Sun 7 April 4pm

Tickets $49


P: 9454 4000

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Clubs & Pubs

March's best functions, music gigs, events and dining news...

Locals are getting ‘Thirsty’

Thirsty Merc frontman Rai

Thistlethwayte remembers

his connection to Pittwater

dating back to when his

parents drove the family from

their north shore home to

Newport and Narrabeen for

day outings at the beach.

Thereafter he found

himself hanging out in local

licensed premises underaged

– although all is not as it


“I started playing in a band

which played around the

whole area when I was 16…

we did a lot of stuff in the

area,” Rai told Pittwater Life.

“I remember playing at

the Sands in Narrabeen on

a New Year’s Eve when I

was way too young to get

into licensed venues – now

that was a different era! You

could talk your way in – if you

could convince them that you

were gigging at the venues

and promised you wouldn›t

drink… it worked 9 times out

of 10.

“I loved that whole few

years, still being at school in

the week but working with

guys who were already going

to Uni on the weekends.”

Thistlethwayte remembers

playing many times at the old

Mona Vale Hotel, The Parkway

Hotel, The Sands.”

“Plus, we’d rehearse in

Church Point in a crazy

garage… we’d crash there,

drink a few beers, talk about

upcoming gigs, amps, guitars,

and all sorts of other hilarious

stuff – nothing’s probably

changed actually, hahaha!

“But doing it as a teenager,

wow… it was an absolutely

magic time, for me. Hanging

out in Newport, Clareville,

driving our old beat-up cars

around, it was such a cool


“I go back now and

naturally, I get so nostalgic –

that stretch of coast has gotta

be one of the most beautiful

coastlines in the world and the

people are always great.”

Thirsty Merc play

QUENCH THE 'THIRST': There are more than 20 good reasons to catch Thirsty Merc.

29, with Thistlethwayte

promising a full-on evening

of entertainment as they

showcase tracks including hits

‘Someday, Someday’, ‘In The

Summertime’ and ’20 Good


“There are lots of solos,

guitar, bass, drum, keyboard

– our gigs tend to have a large

element of improvisation

throughout,” he said.

“That might be surprising

for new fans to the band, who

may only have heard a few

songs on the radio, but the

seasoned fans know and dig

that element, I feel. It keeps

things fresh for performers

and audiences alike.

“We also do some pretty

fun acoustic shows, they are

a different sort of musical

showcase, Phil (Stack, bass

guitarist) pulls out the

double bass which is a pretty

awesome surprise, visually

and most definitely sonically –

he wails on that thing!

“I really like all formats of

show, personally. Every gig

is special and there’s always

some sort of surprising

element – sometimes it’s

simply the location or the

fact that people are enjoying

singing along.”

Thistlethwayte said the

band loved their unusual

preparation for the current

tour – a feature slot on Carols

in the Domain.

“Carols was also one of

those events which brought a

huge sense of nostalgia to the

band – I used to go to it with

my Mum when my brothers

and I were all young kids,” he


“The producers of the show

at one point asked: ‘are you

guys sure, as a rock band, you

wanna do this gig?’ We were

like: ‘Yeah! Into it like a rat up

a drainpipe!’

“Everyone was so nice

and it was so well organised,

amazing other artists to work

with and it’s just a great night

out for the whole fam. It kind

of made Xmas this year for


As for what’s next,

Thistlethwayte said he feels

like the band has “a bunch of

tunes” waiting in the wings.

“We’ve been touring a lot

over the past few years so it’s

been hard to finalise things

to be honest, but this year

we’ll be looking more into that

mode of thinking – so I’m sure

it’ll flow once we take a midyear

break from the road, get

cosy with the cooler weather

and put our creative hats on!”

– Nigel Wall

* Catch Thirsty Merc at

Pittwater RSL; tickets



Beach RSL

Bistro 61

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Head down on Sunday

March 17 for St Patrick's Day,

with $1000 in cash and prizes

to be won from 3pm-7pm.

There will be Irish food and

drink specials all day with free

pool in the Surf Lounge and $5

kids meals.

Have some fun with

friends at Karaoke in the Surf

Lounge on the last Friday of

every month; entry is free,

commences from 8pm with

great prizes to win.

And now available for free

download – the new Avalon

Beach RSL Club App. Earn

rewards, prizes and member

points by logging in daily.

See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

Don't miss the Super

Sunday raffle on the first

Sunday of the month – there's

more than $1500 in prizes.

Bistro 61 is open for

breakfast from 9am to 11.30am.

Open for lunch and dinner seven

days, with extensive outdoor

dining areas, Bistro 61 offers

a variety of specials (lunch

and dinner) during the week,

including $12 tacos (Tues), $15

Chicken Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1

pizzas (Thurs), and a $20 burger

+ beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus

they do a $5 kids meals

on Sundays! (There’s a

playground, too.)


Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

Pittwater RSL on Friday March

on Pittwater’s autumn menu

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is now available, offering

affordable meals and

generous servings including

a variety of starters and share

plates, seafood, burgers,

grills, salads, desserts and

woodfired pizza.

Friday night music kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from 5.30pm-

8.30pm. There are some great

acts in March, including Eric

Lewis (1st); Sarah Bernardo (8th);

Phil Simmons (15th); Paul Winn

(22nd); and Antoine (29th).

It's not too late to book your

ticket for 'ABBASBACK' on March

9 with a '70s retro theme.

Book now for Mother's

Day breakfast or luncheon on

Sunday May 12. Choose from

an a la carte Breakfast menu

or treat mum to a fabulous

3-course lunch (in the Top

Deck Function Room) with

champagne on arrival. There's

also a kids' buffet and dessert


Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great prizes

and vouchers – 12 years plus).

Club Boat and Social

memberships are now available

for just $160.


Club Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

Palm Beach

In March, head to Club Palm

Beach, located a short stroll

from Palm Beach Wharf, for

great dining for the whole


Book your tickets now

for this year's ANZAC Day

Luncheon on April 25 (Two-up

starts 2pm this year!).

Every Wednesday there's

family trivia from 7pm, with

great prizes!

Grab some friends and

enjoy their Cruising Palm Beach

deal, with a cruise on Pittwater

plus traditional lunch at the

club for $25pp. Book now!

Barrenjoey Bistro is open

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)

and dinner (6pm to 9pm)

seven days. The Bistro serves

top-value a la carte meals plus

daily $13.50 specials of roasts

(Mondays), rump steak with

chips and salad (Tuesdays),

chicken schnitzel with chips

and salad (Wednesdays),

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homemade gourmet pies with

chips and salad (Thursdays)

and tempura fish and chips

with salad (Fridays), except

public hols.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo 10am on Fridays.

The club has a courtesy

bus that makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.


Pittwater RSL

Assorted eateries

82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

There are some awesome

live music acts coming

to Pittwater RSL Club –

including Thirsty Merc on

March 29; book tickets now

on the club's website.

And Boom Crash Opera

and Taxi Ride hit the stage on

Saturday March 30.

Plus coming soon –

everybody's favourite 1980s

band The Choirboys will 'run

to paradise' and deliver a

knockout set on Saturday April

27. Book now!

Hungry? There's something

for all tastes and ages at

Pittwater RSL – at Glasshouse

chefs stay true to the story of

the local area by embracing

the farm-to table-approach,

focusing on where food comes

from and how it is grown and

shaping the way they cook and

create. Open for lunch from

12pm and dinner from 5.30pm

7 days a week.

Or relax on the lush terrace

and enjoy family friendly food

and great coffee from 9.30am

from Potter’s café while kids

play in the indoor playground.

Potter’s café menu is available

weekends and public holidays

from 12pm – 5pm.

Nonna’s Kitchen boasts

a menu full of delicious and

authentic pizzas, pastas,

salads and starters to leave

you full and happy.

The space is warm and

versatile with intimate booths

to banquet tables for large

groups or families. There is

also a large outdoor terrace

where you can enjoy your

meal with a glass of wine

overlooking the treetops of

Mona Vale. Open for lunch

Thursday to Sunday from

12pm and dinner Wednesday

to Sunday from 5.30pm.

For a taste of Asia try Little

Bok Choy for noodles, fried

rice, stir fries and made-toorder


Check the Club’s website

for the latest menus and meal

deals for all eateries.


Dee Why

RSL Club

932 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why

Located in the heart of

the Northern Beaches, this

club boasts contemporary

surroundings and an

expansive menu offering

across its six bars, four

restaurants and 13 function


The club also presents

terrific entertainment acts. In

March, shows include Ronn

Moss on Wednesday 13th;

the Sounds of the Supremes

(Friday 22nd); plus 'Bat Out

Of Hell', the ultimate Meatloaf

tribute on Saturday 23rd.

The Bistro on Level 2 is a

great place for an enjoyable and

affordable lunch or dinner with

classic café and pub-style food.

At ‘The Asian’, you

can choose from a menu

showcasing a variety of wok

dishes from Hong Kong,

Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.

Enjoy the heart of Italian

culture with antipasto, pizza,

pasta and contemporary

cuisine Italian at Aqua Bar &


‘Flame Lounge & Dining’

is where the club stakes

its reputation on steaks.

Sit down to a special menu

featuring certified Angus and

Wagyu beef, fresh seafood,

and superb lamb. Perfect for

everyday or special occasion


Dee Why RSL offers a twoyear

membership for $5.

Check out their website for

the latest menus and specials.


This Month...

’90s nostalgia

Boom Crash Opera and

Taxiride have joined musical

forces for the first time in 10

years for the ‘This Crazy Ride’

tour. Revel in the nostalgia of

the ’90s at Pittwater RSL on

Sat 30. Buy tickets at reception

or call 9997 3833 or at


US legend

Catch the American blues and

soul singer Eugene ‘Hideaway’

Bridges performing at The

Co-Op Club at The Waterfront

Café & General Store Church

Point on Sun 17 from 3.30-

6.30pm. Tickets $30.

Breweries visit

The Racquet Bar at Elanora

Heights is hosting Young

Henrys, Wayward Brewing Co,

Akasha Brewing Co & Grifter

Brewing Co for tastings on

the balcony on Sat 23. Tickets

$25. Live music and food too.

Info lindsioevents@gmail.com

Karaoke party

Be a star or watch your mates

Shine in the Surf Lounge at

Avalon Beach RSL on Friday 29

(and the last Friday of every

month right after the footy).

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Food Life

Food Life

Recipes: www.janellebloom.com.au Photos: Adobe Stock; stir-fry image Benito Martin

Think 'fresh' for autumn

and support our farmers

As the season changes from Summer to Autumn, March sees

summer’s stunning stone fruit almost disappear, leaving

only plums to enjoy for a few weeks more. New season’s

apples will be crisp and sweet while our vegetable options are

endless. The devastating weather our farmers have experienced

will impact quality, price and availability – but it’s vital we support

them. Here are some tempting, tasty ideas for a new Autumn menu

utilising the new season’s produce…


Smashed avocado

toast toppers

Makes 4 slices

1 firm, ripe avocado (halved)

2 tbs smooth ricotta

3 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp tabasco sauce, optional

4 slices grain bread, toasted

1 small red apple, peeled,

quartered, thinly sliced

3 tsp honey

½ tsp tahini

1. Spoon avocado flesh into

a bowl. Add ricotta, lemon

juice, tabasco and a little

salt. Smash with a fork

to desired consistency.

Thickly spread over 4 slices

of toast.

2. Top with apple. Combine the

honey and tahini and drizzle

over the apple. Serve.


You can replace the red

apple with

● 1 sliced banana and sprinkle

with toasted mixed seeds;

● tomato wedges and

crumbled Persian feta; or

● sliced green apple and

shaved parmesan


Chicken Snitty

buddha bowl

Makes 4

Janelle’s Tip: To take Buddha

bowl to work or school, assemble

the ingredients in a bowl or lunch

box to end step 5. Put dressing

into a snap lock bag or airtight

container and dress the bowl

when your ready to eat lunch.

2 large chicken breast fillets

¼ cup plain flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs

vegetable oil, for shallow


1 head broccoli, cut into


1 1/3 cups cooked rice &

quinoa, shredded iceberg

lettuce; 250g Solanato

tomatoes, halved; 1 avocado,

chopped; 2 small carrots,

grated; 40g snow pea sprouts


3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs red wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1. For the dressing, whisk all

the ingredients together

until well combined.


2. Carefully butterfly each

chicken breast open. Cut

down the centre to form

two thinner fillets. Place

onto a sheet of baking

paper on a board. Flatten

with Janelle Bloom

with a meat mallet.

3. Spoon flour and

breadcrumbs onto plates.

Whisk the eggs and a little

cold water in a shallow dish.

Dip the chicken into the flour,

egg, then breadcrumbs.

Pressing crumbs on to

secure. Cover the base of

a large frying pan with oil.

Heat over medium heat.

Cook the chicken in batches,

for 2-3 minutes each side

or until golden and cooked

through. Transfer to a board,

cut into thick pieces.

4. Meanwhile, blanch,

microwave or steam the

broccoli until just tender.

Drain and refresh in cold

water. Drain well.

5. Spoon rice and quinoa into

base of 4 serving bowls.

Top with lettuce, chicken,

tomatoes, avocado, carrot

and sprouts.

6. Spoon over the dressing.


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250g Greek yoghurt

1 cup (250ml) light olive oil

2 cups self-raising flour

6 plums, cut into thin


Icing sugar, to serve


Sweet and sticky

san choy bau

Serves 4

2 garlic cloves, chopped

3cm piece ginger, peeled,


1 long red chilli, deseeded,


1 tbs peanut or vegetable


500g pork, beef or chicken


1 large carrot, grated

1 large zucchini, grated

2 tbs hoi sin sauce

1 tbs oyster sauce

4 shallots, thinly sliced

12 iceberg lettuce cups,

trimmed to serve

Sweet chilli sauce, to serve

until thick and sticky. Stir

through half the green


3. Spoon into iceberg lettuce

leaves; top with remaining

shallots and sweet chilli


Janelle’s Tip: Want

the family to eat more

vegetables? Add finely

chopped mushrooms,

broccoli or cauliflower

to the mixture in

Step 2 after you have

browned the mince.


Plum yoghurt cake

Serves 8

3 eggs, at room temperature

1½ cups caster sugar

1. Preheat oven 160°C fan

forced. Grease a line base

and side of 22cm (base)

round springform pan.

2. Combine eggs and sugar

in a bowl. Beat with

electric mixer on high

speed about 5 minutes

or until thick and pale.

Combine the yoghurt and

olive oil. Fold into the egg

mixture. Sift the flour over

the batter and gently fold

until just combined. Pour

into prepared pan. Smooth


3. Top with plums. Bake

60-65 minutes, or until

cooked when tested with

a skewer. Stand in pan for

15 minutes then transfer

to a wire rack to cool. Dust

with icing sugar to serve.

Janelle’s Tip: When plums

are no longer in season you

can use can use fresh apple,

pear or can peaches, apricots

or cherries (be sure to use

Australian canned fruit)

Food Life

1. Combine garlic, ginger

and chilli in a small food

processor. Process until

finely chopped.

2. Heat a wok over high

heat until hot. Add oil

and the mince, stir-fry

until mince changes

colour. Add garlic

mixture, carrot and

zucchini, stir-fry for 2

minutes until aromatic.

Add the hoi sin and

oyster sauce, stir-fry

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In Season


Food Life

Broccoli is an edible green

plant in the cabbage

family whose large flowering

head is eaten as a vegetable.

The word ‘broccoli’ comes

from the Italian plural of

broccolo, which means

“the flowering crest of a

cabbage”. Broccoli is often

boiled or steamed but may

be eaten raw. Broccoli has

large flower heads, usually

green in color, arranged in a

tree-like structure branching

out from a thick, edible

stalk. The mass of flower

heads is surrounded by

leaves. Broccoli resembles

cauliflower, which is a

different cultivar group of

the same species.


Choose bright blue-green

heads that have tightly

closed clusters of florets.

The stalk and stems should

be firm and not soft to the

touch. Avoid broccoli with

yellow or damaged florets.


Store unwashed in a bag in

the crisper section of your

fridge. It will keep for up to

five days.


Broccoli is a rich source of

multiple vitamins, minerals

and fiber, including iron, potassium

and Vitamin C. Different

cooking methods may

affect the vegetable’s nutrient

composition, but broccoli is a

healthy addition to your diet

whether cooked or raw. Broccoli

contains multiple potent

antioxidants that may support

healthy cells and tissues

throughout your body.

Also In Season


Bananas; figs; grapes,

Kiwifruit; limes; mangoes,

nashi; Valencia oranges;

papaw; passionfruit; plums

& quince; watermelon.

Also Asian greens; beetroot,

Green beans; broccolini;

carrots; capsicums;

cucumbers; eggplant;

lettuce; spinach; sweetcorn;


Parmesan roasted broccoli

Serves 4 (as side dish)

500g broccoli, trimmed

2 tbs olive oil

50g piece Parmesan

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

fan forced. Grease a large

roasting pan. Wash the

broccoli and cut into florets.

Scatter over the base

of the roasting pan. Drizzle

with oil. Sprinkle with half

the parmesan. Season

well with salt and freshly

ground black pepper. Toss

to combine.

2. Spread broccoli over the

base of the pan in a single

layer. Roast for 15 minutes

until tender and the edges

are slightly crispy. Remove

from the oven. Scatter

over remaining parmesan.


Serving suggestion: This

dish is delicious served warm

served alongside chicken,

sausages or lamb; or allow

to cool and toss with carrot,

capsicum, cucumber, olives

and feta for a different,

mouth-watering salad.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 15 Down


1 Suburb that’s home to

Jamieson Park (9)

6 Elderly (4)

10 That which is given or

received in confidence (5)

11 Frequently (9)

12 Coaster (4,3)

13 Those who examine others


14 From within (3,2)

16 Ocean that the Tasman

Sea is part of (7)

17 Strong current that can be

dangerous to swimmers (3)

19 Et cetera (3,2,2)

20 Lock horns (5)

23 Great delight (7)

24 A male who rows a boat


26 A cut-off loop of a river,

replenished only by floods (9)

27 Christmas figure (5)

28 An animal’s or insect’s

breeding place or lair (4)

29 Sedimentary rock that

dominates the Sydney basin (9)

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1 Small laptop (8)

2 A way or road taken or

planned for passage or travel


3 Celebration on Bungan

Street in Mona Vale featuring

a wide array of amazing

market stalls (6,8)

4 White herons (6)

5 Bedtime drink (8)

7 Topic brought to you by

Gabrielle Bryant in Pittwater

Life (9)

8 A little lacking in water (6)

9 Recycling company run by

Newport residents David and

Deborah Hodge (7,7)

15 Long slender flexible

appendages of an octopus (9)

16 Access code (3)

17 He had a worldwide

hit s with the group Player

including ‘Baby Come Back’


18 Prehistoric time (5,3)

21 Revolutionary oceancleaning


essentially a floating rubbish

collector that operates 24/7


22 Cricket fielding position


25 Tropical fruit (5)

[Solution page 70]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Medinilla in adds the amazing colour and

colours depth in of a pot hydrangeas or outside with Gabrielle Bryant

AThe lways amazingly a favourite exotic for

Medinillas grow naturally

Christmas medinilla colour, has many hydrangeas

common are flowering names: the their

amongst the roots at the

in the holes of trees or

heads Philippine off! Orchid… They look Pink wonderful

lantern in the Plant… garden, Rose brightening Grape

the and semi-shaded many more. All areas and used

glowing to describe in the this full, wonderful protected

sunlight. plant. Once the older

varieties It is the were benefit either that pink or

blue gardeners depending have on the soil,

additional northern beaches lime will that deepen we

base of trees.

To care for your new

shrub is easy. Feed it with

orchid fertiliser and pot

it into orchid potting mix

that is open and freedraining.

It loves semishade

and a warm sheltered

position. Medinillas

the can pinks grow such and blueing an incredible

diversity of aluminium) of plants. The will

look wonderful in tall pots Cherry Guava a



heighten medinilla the is sold blues, as a but pot the

or hanging baskets to

plant for indoors but here

show off their drooping sweet surprise

new named varieties will


maintain it will happily their live colour. outside White

flower stems.

n full flower in my veggie

never over the changes. summer There months. are

Medinillas are succulent garden is my Cherry Guava,

hydrangeas Although grown of every in pots size from

the Medinillas tiny dwarf are if Piamina fact epiphytes to the

tall that traditional grow in the Mop same Heads. way

With as epiphytic so many orchids, to choose but these from shrubs don’t have

plants that shouldn’t be

overwatered; once a week

is sufficient although they

appreciate the humidity of water sprayed on

sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

evergreen shrub never fails to

produce a heavy crop of cherry

it aerial is almost roots that too absorb difficult moisture; to instead of the they traditional the mop foliage. heads, Trim that back can spent be two flowers metres to keep tall. guavas in early autumn.

decide. have thick There and fleshy are the leaves delicate that do the same cone-shaped job. them flowers flowering. of The recently introduced

It is a small, pretty tree with

lace caps, the huge blooms hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee rounded, glossy green leaves

varieties with two-tone flower that only grows to about

three metres in height. Keep it

Put the bite on Spider Mite heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

Frangipani Rust

trimmed into shape after fruiting.

never The delicate sleeps! fluffy flowers


he hot, dry, stormy summer has caused many problems in the garden

for plants that are usually trouble-free. Crotons must be one of

shaded wall, the climbing

hydrangea petiolaris is just are Our creamy beloved white, frangipani growing trees close

the hardiest plants but this year they have needed some extra ‘TLC’.


to that the branches. are so plentiful They across are followed

Pittwater by the have tangy also flavoured, suffered

If the colourful leaves begin to lose their usual lustre and brilliant

Hydrangeas are forgiving

colour before gradually falling off, check the back of them for red

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, badly. berry-sized, Frangipani rust cherry is a red

spider mite. It is a tiny mite that is hard to see with the naked eye

They like regular water and fruit new that problem are high that in is vitamin attacking C.

but tell-tale discoloration shows on the leaves where they feed.

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike frangipanis. the taller-growing Each year it deciduous

becoming yellow guava more that of a needs problem


Spider mites thrive in dry conditions and heat. Damaged leaves

the roots with compost to

will never be repaired but there are still many weeks of growing for

keep them cool and feed cooking, that is very the fruit hard can to control. be eaten

new leaves to appear. Mites hate water and humidity.

them in early spring to get raw straight Remove from all affected the tree or

Mulch the croton well and water regularly. Spray the leaves both

them going. Grow them in used leaves, in cooking, collect jellies, them into drinks, a

on top and underneath with Eco Oil. Apply Bug Killa to the soil and it

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces plastic or bag jams. and put them

will be taken up by the plant and kill sap-sucking insects.

them inside when in flower in You the should general protect bin, not the fruit the

Please use this product responsibly – and as a precaution never

or cut the blooms – they last from green fruit bin. fly The with orange a fruit fly bait.

use Bug Killa on flowering plants to protect the bees.

well in water.

spores carry this fungus in

the wind and lie dormant on

Get the soil into through the winter

season, just waiting to appear

again next of year. Xmas


It is After time removing to relax and leaves enjoy spray

your the tree garden. with Eco Look Fungicide at your

outdoor that is combined seating requirements

with Eco Oil

to make – the it stick shops effectively. are full of

amazing Spray under chairs the and leaves tables. as

Hanging well as the cane top egg surface. chairs If have

been you trendy use a pump for the pressure past few

years sprayer and it now will work the ‘Swing upside

Seat’ down. is back. Be prepared Nothing to is repeat more

peaceful this several than times swinging to win in the a

seat battle. for two, Make sheltered sure to spray from the

the soil weather beneath with as well a roof as all to the

shade branches from and the the sun trunk. – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Grow a ‘Red Riot’

Christmas poinsettias disappointingly

revert to winter

colour once they are put into

the garden.

However, Quisqualis mussiendafolia

– ‘Red Riot’ – is

a newly available shrubby

climber that gives the same

bright red colour every summer.

Although it is a cousin

of the beautiful Rangoon

Creeper, if Red Riot is pruned

back by one third in autumn

after flowering, it can be kept

as a shrub – but it will still

need some support. With a lattice

on a wall or grown against

a fence for support, it will be

an eye-catching spectacle for

Christmas colour.

Like the poinsettia, the

flowers are tiny white blooms

that are surrounded by scarlet

bracts that retain their colour

for many weeks.

Red Riot loves full sun and

warmth. Once established

it needs little attention, it is

drought-hardy and will grow in

any cultivated garden soil.


Palms for


or out

The elegant Bamboo

Palm is one of the

easiest to grow. Tall

and slender, it slowly

clumps and grows just

2-3metres tall.

The bamboo palm is a

wonderful indoor plant

or it can be used as a

screening plant where

bamboo would be grown

without the risk of being

invasive or too robust.

As the delicate fronds

die, remove them and the

sheaths from the stems to

keep the palm stems clean

and healthy. These palms

will grow in full sun but

are happier in semi-shade.

Good drainage and regular

water is all they require.

Indoors, mist the foliage

with water at weekly intervals

to keep the fronds

green and healthy. I always

think that this palm should

be used more frequently

in landscape design, it will

never pose the problems

that Golden Canes and

other clumping palms produce

after several years.

Starfish Lilies and other bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs are in the stores to tempt us. Daffodils,

tulips, freesias and all the European bulbs can be bought now

but if you want something different try looking for the unusual

bulbs available in spring bulb catalogues online.

All the iris family grow well in our frost-free climate. Ferraria

crispa, the Starfish lily, a cousin of the iris, is native to the coastal

areas of South Africa, and as with other South African plants it

thrives in our Sydney environment. The unusual starfish-shaped

flowers last for just a day but established plants produce more

flowers daily. The flowers, speckled with frilly edges, are strangely

coloured brown, yellow, white, blue or violet. They will arrive

as dormant corms to plant now to grow in spring.

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MARCH 2019 69

Grow a ‘Red Riot’

Christmas poinsettias disappointingly

revert to winter

colour once they are put into

the garden.

However, Quisqualis mussiendafolia

– ‘Red Riot’ – is

a newly available shrubby

climber that gives the same

bright red colour every summer.

Although it is a cousin

of the beautiful Rangoon

Creeper, if Red Riot is pruned

back by one third in autumn

after flowering, it can be kept

as a shrub – but it will still

need some support. With a lattice

on a wall or grown against

a fence for support, it will be

an eye-catching spectacle for

Christmas colour.

Like the poinsettia, the

flowers are tiny white blooms

that are surrounded by scarlet

bracts that retain their colour

for many weeks.

Red Riot loves full sun and

warmth. Once established

it needs little attention, it is

drought-hardy and will grow in

any cultivated garden soil.


Palms for


or out

The elegant Bamboo

Palm is one of the

easiest to grow. Tall

and slender, it slowly

clumps and grows just

2-3metres tall.

The bamboo palm is a

wonderful indoor plant

or it can be used as a

screening plant where

bamboo would be grown

without the risk of being

invasive or too robust.

As the delicate fronds

die, remove them and the

sheaths from the stems to

keep the palm stems clean

and healthy. These palms

will grow in full sun but

are happier in semi-shade.

Good drainage and regular

water is all they require.

Indoors, mist the foliage

with water at weekly intervals

to keep the fronds

green and healthy. I always

think that this palm should

be used more frequently

in landscape design, it will

never pose the problems

that Golden Canes and

other clumping palms produce

after several years.

Starfish Lilies and other bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs are in the stores to tempt us. Daffodils,

tulips, freesias and all the European bulbs can be bought now

but if you want something different try looking for the unusual

bulbs available in spring bulb catalogues online.

All the iris family grow well in our frost-free climate. Ferraria

crispa, the Starfish lily, a cousin of the iris, is native to the coastal

areas of South Africa, and as with other South African plants it

thrives in our Sydney environment. The unusual starfish-shaped

flowers last for just a day but established plants produce more

flowers daily. The flowers, speckled with frilly edges, are strangely

coloured brown, yellow, white, blue or violet. They will arrive

as dormant corms to plant now to grow in spring.

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MARCH 2019 69

Times Past

Palm Beach

Boat ‘House’

of the past

Only a few older locals

would remember the

boatshed once known

as Goldthorpe and Smith at

1017 Barrenjoey Road, Palm

Beach. In the 1960s it was one

of the largest in the Sydney

area. The boatshed was built

sometime after World War II

when apparently two wartime

buddies, George Goldthorpe

and TB Smith, pooled their


In 1942, with Walter

Dendy at the helm as general

manager, the Port Jackson and

Manly Steamship Company

(PJMSC) bought the original

Goddard’s boatshed which

stood around the corner from

Sand Point.

In 1960 this company

also purchased Goldthorpe

and Smith’s from George

Goldthorpe after a split in the

partnership when Smith left,

forcing Goldthorpe to sell.

PJMSC took everything from

Goddard’s shed, including

the slip cradle which they

transported by barge. The slip

had three rails compared to

the two at Goldthorpe and

Smith’s and this enabled them

to slip larger vessels like the

20-metre long ferry ‘West

Head’. They even managed

to slip the 40-metre Fairmile

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class cruiser ‘Ajax’ which was

moored off Sand Point.

Charles (‘Chick’) Witchard

was the last manager at

Goddards but the PJMSC was

keen to have him relocated

as manager at what had now

become Palm Beach Marine

Service Pty Ltd.

‘Chick’, his wife and family

of three sons, moved into the

“house” within the back of the

boatshed. They moved in and

he remained manager until

soon after he retired in 1981.

Their eldest son, John, recalled

how happy mum was to leave

the “shed” and move into a

house they had purchased in

Central Road.

Architect John Andrews

bought Palm Beach Marine

Service and while his partner

ran the boatshed, John

converted the upper part of

the Witchard dwelling into his

drawing office.

The photo shows the

boatshed with the mighty

‘Boomerang’ on the slip. She

was originally launched in

1903 as ‘Bona’, named after the

wife (Ruby Bona Steele) of the

owner Charles Wallace. This

boat was admired as a “classic

example of Edwardian yacht

design and styling and as one

of designer Walter Reeks’ most

beautifully designed craft”.

Music publisher and wellknown

yachting identity

Frank Albert purchased the

yacht in 1929 and renamed

it ‘Boomerang’. While

moored in Careel Bay in the

1960s, she had a brand new

Gardner engine fitted and a

complete repaint inside and

out, including the gold leaf

motif around her bow, so

she was suitable enough to

take Princess Anne for a tour

around Pittwater.

Unfortunately, gradual

distortion of the sheer at the

mainmast plates gave the hull

a ‘hogged’ appearance and

structurally she was unable to

sail again after 1930.

In 1987 she was donated by

the Albert family to the Sydney

Heritage Fleet and continues to

enthral guests as she cruises

around Sydney Harbour.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon





Locals may be eligible

for a grant as part of NB

Council’s Local Heritage

Fund which has earmarked

funds for owners of

heritage items that have

undertaken maintenance

and restoration works.

Items of heritage

significance listed in

the Pittwater Local

Environmental Plan are

eligible to apply for a grant.

Eligible projects may

receive a grant of between

$200 to $3000; however the

works must be approved

and completed before

applying for a grant.

Projects that may be

eligible for a grant include:

n Repairs to structural

components such as

underpinning walls and

repointing brickwork

n Repainting of external

walls of buildings

n Repairing or reinstating

walls, windows,

verandahs, external

balustrades, roof

cladding or plumbing

and decorative elements

of buildings

n Repairing historic fences,

drainage and bridge


n Previously awarded

recipients have reinstated

historic mortar on

sandstone cottages and

repaired leaking roofs

and verandahs.

Applications are now

open and should include

a completed form, proof

of approval for works

undertaken, evidence

of costs (invoices and

receipts), plans/sketches

and photographs before

and after the works.

Applications must be

submitted by Sunday 31

March 2019; more info

council’s website or call

1300 434 434. – NW

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Times Past

Travel Life

Scotland: beyond

the whisky, golf

courses, gardens

Famed for its natural beauty

of rolling glens, windswept

western isles and pristine

lochs… in Scotland, there is

plenty to see and do. And

exploring Scottish isles by

small ship allows an unrivalled

exploration of Scottish history

and historical sites.

Wild Earth Travel is heading

back in 2020 to showcase one

of its favourite and unexpected

corners of the world, with

a 13-day itinerary that tours

guests through the very best

cultural, historical and scenic

parts of the Inner and Outer

Hebrides, St Kilda, The Orkney

and Shetland Islands.

“Scotland oozes culture,

from kilts to castles – this is

evident right from the beginning

of the trip in vibrant

and buzzing Glasgow where

you’ll lose time meandering

around the streets gazing up

at the neo-gothic towers and

Italianate steeples,” said Travel

View’s Sharon Godden. “Or

if it’s cold out, soak up the

opportunity to explore the Willow

Tea Rooms or Kelvingrove

Art Gallery.”

Further afield from Scotland’s

largest city, remote island

villages and towns offer their

own unique experiences. In the

Gaelic heartland of Stornoway,

you’ll meet the locals and learn

about their traditional businesses

like fishing and Harris

Tweed… and while leaving with

lasting memories of the Hebrides,

step into a Bronze Age of

what was once a Viking town in

medieval Kirkwall.

“The coasts of Scotland are

dramatic, beautiful and surprisingly

wildlife-rich – from the

dramatic hexagonal basalt cliffs

of Fingal’s Cave in Staffa to the

towering peaks of the Cullin

Mountains on the Isle of Sky,

the white sand beaches of the

Hebrides to the rolling luminescent

green hills of the Orkney

and Shetlands, there is a scene

for everyone,” said Sharon.

“On excursions, you will be

surprised with the rich wildlife,

birdlife from White-tailed

Eagles and Guillemots, while

whales and otters can often

be spotted from zodiacs. In St

Kilda witness Europe’s most

important sea bird colony of

puffins, fulmars and gannets

while looking out to picturesque

Village bay.

“Not to mention you’ll be

a part of history and share

a dram of whisky from

Scotland’s oldest distillery,

Lagavulin Distillery, while in

the Shetland Islands visit the

iconic Mousa Broch – dating

from 400-200 BC – Scotland’s

most impressive and best surviving

Iron Age Broch (stone


* For more info on this

contact Travel View Avalon

(9918 4444) or Collaroy

(9999 0444).

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MARCH 2019 73

Travel Life

Travel Life

Le Laperouse calls Asia Pacific home

Modern, sleek and stylish, the beautifully

appointed Le Laperouse – the first ship

in a new series that remains true to the

PONANT spirit – has arrived locally after

many adventures since her maiden voyage

last July from Norway.

She has cruised through the Corinth Canal

and visited some amazing destinations

such as the Stromboli Volcano off the north

coast of Sicily, the Maldives and Greece

but now she will call our own Asia Pacific

region home, taking guests to the Sub

Antarctic Islands; Indonesian Archipelago;

New Zealand; the ancient cultures of Papua

New Guinea and the Kimberley.

Pittwater Life was fortunate to experience

a familiarisation onboard Le Laperouse last

month. Our tour of this astoundingly luxurious

new small expedition ship revealed

incredibly innovative and environmentally

friendly equipment, elegantly designed

staterooms and spacious suites (just 92 in

total) – all with their own private balcony.

She features six passenger decks, a

choice of two dining venues and all-included

bar and restaurant beverages throughout

the day.

A standout is Le Laperouse’s world-first

PHOTOS: Philip Plisson

multi-sensory underwater lounge – ‘Blue

Eye’ – with glass windows embedded into

the hull to offer guests a truly unique

cruising experience. (Not to mention the

underwater microphones piping sounds

from the deep.)

Its ‘Wellbeing Centre’ (onboard spa) is

equipped with massage booths, a hair

salon and fitness rooms – with incredible

panoramic ocean outlooks.

Plus there are numerous lounges and

bars, onboard shopping, a pool and solarium

– with a state-of-the-art theatre providing

an intimate space for both expedition

lectures and downtime entertainment.

PONANT says Le Laperouse will embody

the unique atmosphere that is PONANT’s

hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement,

intimacy and comfort. “Aboard you will

experience the incomparable pleasure

of an intimate cruise, with the possibility

of exploring an ever-increasing range of

destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance

with luxury service,” said Travel View’s Gail


Top trips departing in 2019 and 2020 include:

The Antarctic Odyssey (21 days from

19 November – 9 December 2019); Ancient

cultures of Northern Australia and Papua

(11 days from 6 - 16 December 2019); and

Exploring the Kimberley (14 Days from 26

August – 8 September 2020).

* Want to learn more? Join the Travel View

Cruise View team at Mona Vale Golf Club

on March 26 from 6-8pm to awaken your

sense of wonder. Bookings essential.

Phone Travel View Cruise View on 9918

4444 (Avalon) or 9999 0444 (Collaroy).

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